Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, said today (Monday) the European Commission has issued Ireland with a letter of comfort regarding the €4 billion Rural Development Programme (RDP).
This means a number of the associated schemes can now open. “This is the result intense period of consultation between the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, and the European Commission and is news for Co. Meath.
“The schemes funded by the RDP include the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS), the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS), the Beef Genomics Scheme and the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) and the LEADER programme “As a result of the letter the Government is now in a position to begin the phased roll out of the schemes and supports in the RDP which will help to underpin economic growth and development throughout rural Ireland.
“The RDP is co-funded by the National Exchequer and the EU Commission, and contains some €4 billion of schemes and supports. “Government co-funding this RDP is a clear signal of our continuing commitment to strategic investment in the agri-food sector and the rural economy.”