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de Brún supports DARD court action on disallowance

27 September, 2010 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún commenting on today's statement in the Assembly by Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew, that DARD is preparing to take its fight against EU disallowance to the European Court of Justice said:

"I welcome the Executive's support for the court action being taken by DARD. Today's statement by Michelle Gildernew that DARD are to take this matter to the highest level is to be welcomed as a disallowance of over €30m is disproportionate to any errors made. Michelle Gildernew is to be commended for overseeing that maps are set out accurately and that we avoid any risk to the farm payment.

"MEPs and the Executive need to work together to stress the progress being made in bringing farmers' claims and the maps on which they are based into compliance with EU farm rules and farmers need to come forward voluntarily to DARD to have their maps checked. " ENDS


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