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The Common Agricultural Policy Basic Payment and Support Schemes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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PART 3 N.I.Greening

Calculation of greening paymentN.I.

18.  For the purposes of Article 43(9) of the Direct Payments Regulation, the payment for agricultural practices beneficial for the climate and the environment (greening payment) as referred to in Annex I of that Regulation shall be calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph 3 of that Article as a percentage of the total value of the payment entitlements that the farmer has activated in accordance with Article 33(1) of that Regulation.

Crop diversificationN.I.

19.  For the purposes of the first sub-paragraph of Article 40(1) of the Direct Payments Delegated Regulation, the most relevant part of the cultivation period in any year is 1st June to 31st July (both those dates included).

Environmentally sensitive permanent grasslandN.I.

20.—(1) For the purposes of the first sub-paragraph of Article 45(1) of the Direct Payments Regulation, permanent grasslands in areas to which the Conservation Directives apply are designated as permanent grasslands which are environmentally sensitive.

(2) In paragraph (1)—

the Conservation Directives” means—

(a)

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora F1 [F2as amended from time to time] ; and

(b)

Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conservation of wild birds F3 [F2as amended from time to time] ;

F1O.J. No. L 206, 22.7.1992 p.7

F3O.J. No. L 20, 26.1.2010, p.7. This instrument codifies, with minor amendments, Council Directive 1979/409/EEC as amended.

Ecological focus areasN.I.

21.—(1) For the purposes of the first sub-paragraph of Article 46(2) of the Direct Payments Regulation, the areas mentioned in points (a) (land lying fallow), (e) (agro-forestry), (g) (short rotation coppice), (h) (afforested areas) and (j) (areas with nitrogen-fixing crops) and, subject to paragraph (2), point (c) (landscape features) are considered to be ecological focus areas.

(2) Landscape features which are considered to be ecological focus areas shall be limited to those features which have been specified by the Department as landscape features under GAEC 7 as referred to in the second sub-paragraph of Article 45(4) of the Direct Payments Delegated Regulation.

(3) For the purposes of Article 45(10) of the Direct Payments Delegated Regulation, nitrogen-fixing crops are those listed in the Schedule.

(4) In paragraph (2), the reference to “GAEC 7” is to the relevant standard for good agricultural and environmental condition as referred to in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing, management and monitoring of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Revocations and savingsN.I.

22.—(1) The Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 F4 are revoked.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 as in force immediately before 2015 continue to apply in respect of aid applications relating to 2014 and earlier claim years.

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