Motion 13.4, Monday 13/February 2017
Some background and explanation to this, by Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy.
This Council calls upon the Minister of Agriculture
– to recognise the increasingly complex barriers faced by emerging young farmers;
– to recognise that under Regulation 1307/2013 on Direct Payments, It is completely up to EU Member State Governments whether and how to enforce educational criteria in the Young Farmer Scheme (only 10 of 28 have done so);
– to therefore sensibly relax the formal criteria and deadlines of the Scheme, so as to not unnecessarily exclude otherwise worthy applicants.