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The Leader Grants (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Leader Grants (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 and come into force on 2nd July 2012.

Amendment to the Leader Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008

2.—(1) The Leader Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation)—

(a)after the definition of “claim for payment” insert—

“Commission Regulation 885/2006” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 885/2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 as regards the accreditation of paying agencies and other bodies and the clearance of the accounts of the EAGF and of the EAFRD(2), as amended from time to time;

“Commission Regulation 1974/2006” means Commission Regulation (EC) No 1974/2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)(3), as amended from time to time;;

(b)after the definition of “cooperation” insert—

“Council Regulation 1290/2005” means Council Regulation (EC) No 1290/2005 on the financing of the common agricultural policy(4), as amended from time to time;;

(c)in the definition of “LEADER funding” for “paid to a local action group” substitute “paid to a lead partner of a local action group”;

(d)after the definition of “LEADER funding” insert—

“lead partner” means the body selected by a local action group as the administrative and financial lead actor in accordance with Article 62(2) of the Council Regulation;;

(e)for the definition of “the EU legislation” substitute—

“the EU legislation” means—

(a)

the Control Regulation;

(b)

the Council Regulation; and

(c)

Commission Regulation 1974/2006;;

(f)for the definition of “the Council Regulation” substitute—

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)(5), as amended from time to time;; and

(g)after the definition of “the Scotland rural development programme” insert—

;

“service level agreement” means an agreement between the Scottish Ministers and a lead partner for the purposes of Article 6(1) of Council Regulation 1290/2005 and Annex I(1)(C) of Commission Regulation 885/2006..

(3) After regulation 2 (interpretation) insert—

Funding arrangements: LEADER grant

2A.  Subject to regulations 2C and 2D, the Scottish Ministers must reimburse the relevant lead partner in respect of payments of LEADER grant.

Service level agreement

2B.(1) The Scottish Ministers must conclude a service level agreement with a lead partner.

(2) Where a service level agreement was concluded before the coming into force of these Regulations, it is to be treated as a service level agreement for the purpose of these Regulations.

(3) A service level agreement may, with the agreement of the Scottish Ministers and the lead partner, be amended at any time.

Breach of service level agreement

2C.(1) Where, in the opinion of the Scottish Ministers, a lead partner breaches any of the conditions of a service level agreement, the Scottish Ministers may take one or more of the following steps—

(a)specify what is required by the lead partner to remedy the breach and a timescale for meeting those requirements;

(b)refuse to reimburse the lead partner in respect of payments of LEADER grant;

(c)recover on demand the whole or any part of payments already made available to the lead partner (to include interest on that amount at a rate of one per cent above the sterling 3 month London interbank offered rate calculated on a daily basis for the period from the date of payment to the date of recovery);

(d)terminate the service level agreement.

(2) Before taking any step specified in paragraph (1) the Scottish Ministers must—

(a)give the lead partner in respect of whom such a step is proposed to be taken, written notification of that step;

(b)give the lead partner an opportunity to make representations about the proposed step, within such time and in such form as the Scottish Ministers think fit; and

(c)consider such representations.

Termination of service level agreement

2D.(1) Where a service level agreement is terminated in accordance with regulation 2C(1)(d), the Scottish Ministers may—

(a)require the relevant local action group to select another lead partner with whom Ministers must conclude a service level agreement;

(b)reimburse directly the local action group in respect of any payments of LEADER grant made by that group; or

(c)direct the local action group to take such other steps as Ministers consider appropriate.

(2) Paragraph (1) is without prejudice to the powers of the Scottish Ministers as a responsible body under regulations 17 to 21..

(4) In regulation 12 (funding restrictions on LEADER grant)—

(a)after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) A project where the total LEADER grant payable for that project is less than £1,000 will not be eligible for LEADER grant.; and

(b)in paragraph (3), for sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) substitute—

(a)internal staffing costs of any organisation where those costs are not directly related to the project;

(b)operating and running costs including rent, utilities, equipment or leasing charges, where those costs or charges are not directly related to the project;

(c)interest on loans;.

RICHARD LOCHHEAD

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

29th May 2012

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