Approval of compensatory allowances by the European Commission

17.  If the European Commission shall not approve, in accordance with Article 44(2) of Council Regulation 1257/1999, the payment of the compensatory allowances provided for in these Regulations, or shall approve their payment in part only, the Department may withhold, or recover on demand, any compensatory allowances payable or paid in respect of the Scheme Year, in full or to the extent that payment is not so approved, as the case may be.