09 Nov 2010
EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE FINDS PUBLICATION OF INDIVIDUAL CAP PAYMENTS TO FARMERS INVALID – IFACattle, Rural Development
Following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union that the Regulation which governs the publication of CAP payments to farmers is invalid, IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey said the ruling of the Court confirms the IFA’s strongly-held view that publication of payment details to individuals was a step too far and was a breach of confidentiality.
The Court found that for individuals benefiting from aid under the CAP, it does not appear that the EU Council and the EU Commission sought to strike a proportionate balance between the protection of the personal data of individual farmers and the publication of information.
Mr Downey called on the Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith to take immediate action in order that Ireland complies with this ruling of the Court of Justice.