Rural Development

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has responsibility for rural development and rural policy in Northern Ireland. These responsibilities include the management and implementation of the Rural Development Programme, the development of the Rural White Paper Action Plan, rural proofing and the promotion of integrated rural policy making across government.

EU Obligation to Publish Beneficiary Information

The European Commission is introducing new legislation in 2014 that will change the way Member States publish details of the amounts paid to CAP beneficiaries (claimants). Indications (as at early December 2013) are that payments will be published for all beneficiaries in receipt of more than €1,250 per annum.

Relevant details will be put on a searchable website to include the business name, locality (nearest town) of the beneficiary with details of the amounts and schemes for which grant was paid. Beneficiaries receiving less than €1,250 per annum will not have their name published.

To comply with these EC regulatory needs, from 30 April 2015 we intend to start publishing details of payments made between 16 October 2013 and 15 October 2014

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