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EID decision "disaster waiting to happen" - Lyon

May 17, 2011 4:28 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, has written to both Commissioner Ciolos and Dalli asking them to step in and halt any decision being made at Friday's advisory committee after it emerged that officials were pushing for 100% compliance on the reading of electronic tags.

The Scottish industry has consistently made the case that, due to the inherent inaccuracy of the tag readers, full compliance was impossible in practical terms.

Mr Lyon is keen to press home the point that EID is unworkable for many hill and upland areas in Scotland.

Commenting Mr Lyon said:

"The Commissioner and his officials have been to Scotland to learn about the practical implications of introducing 100% read rates for EID.

"It may sound like a good idea in the back office of a Brussels bureaucrat but it is simply impossible for farmers to comply with. I thought this had been made clear to the Commission but clearly the point needs to be underlined once again.

"Any decision to introduce 100% read rate compliance is a disaster waiting to happen.

"My hope is that the Commissioner will step in and stop overzealous officials from slipping through a decision that would be unworkable under practical conditions. Any alteration of the present situation must take account of what can actually be achieved on the ground."