Dáil Éireann - Volume 658 - 01 July, 2008
Written Answers. - Rural Environment Protection Scheme.
Deputy Michael Creed Deputy Michael Creed
Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the monitoring procedures in place for the rural environment protection scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25603/08]
Deputy Brendan Smith Deputy Brendan Smith
Deputy Brendan Smith: The controls in place for monitoring REPS are designed to conform with the requirements set out in EU legislation. All REPS applications are subject to administrative checks, and on-the-spot checks are carried out on at least 5% of applications annually. Additional discretionary on-the-spot checks are carried out where my Department becomes aware of possible incidences of non-compliance.
My Department reviews its controls for REPS and other schemes on an ongoing basis and in response to regulatory changes and audit recommendations.
Dáil Éireann 658 Written Answers. Rural Environment Protection Scheme.