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Direct payment vote will pave way for next phase of the negotiation

January 23, 2013 4:57 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Direct Payment vote at the European Parliament's George LyonGeorge Lyonagriculture committee, George Lyon MEP said:

"The vote was completed in one hour as all the compromises we negotiated were backed by a large majority in the Committee. This paves the way for the next phase of the negotiation and puts the Parliament in a strong position.

"For Scottish and UK farmers the big win was a strong vote in favour of farmers who have at least 75% of land in grass and grow less than 50 hectares of cereals to be exempt from crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas measures.

"In England the NFU estimate that this exemption will cover over 50% of farmers and the numbers will be much higher in Scotland.

"There was also strong backing for farmers in Agri-Environment Schemes to be deemed as qualifying for the Greening payment which is a sensible step in right direction.
"While I welcome the extra flexibility on coupling I am concerned it opens up the door to wide scale re-coupling across Europe on all type of crops, causing distortions in the market place with farmers in Member States receiving big coupled payments, while in other countries they receive nothing."