Dáil Éireann - Volume 606 - 28 September, 2005
Written Answers - Farm Retirement Scheme.
Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin
855. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will increase the farm retirement pension; the reason it has not been increased in recent years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24608/05]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: The rate of pension payable under the 1994 scheme of early retirement from farming is the maximum amount provided for by the EU Council regulation under which the scheme was introduced.
My Department’s original proposals for the current early retirement scheme, which commenced on 27 November 2000 and is one of the measures in the CAP rural development plan for the period 2000-06, included provision for annual increases in pension over the period of the plan. The European Commission rejected this proposal and insisted on legal grounds that a fixed rate be set instead.
Dáil Éireann 606 Written Answers Farm Retirement Scheme.