Written Answers - Farm Waste Management.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 671 No. 1

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  580.  Deputy David Stanton  Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   further to parliamentary Question No. 393 of 9 December 2008, if his Department ever approached the European Commission for approval to extend the deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of work by farmers under the revised farm waste management scheme; if so, the dates on which such approaches were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46819/08]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  The deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of work by farmers under the revised Farm Waste Management Scheme introduced by my Department in March 2006 is a condition of the EU state aid approval for the Scheme. The European Commission has since reaffirmed that it expects Ireland to respect this deadline strictly.


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