Negotiations are ongoing in relation to the percentage of pillar I payments ring-fenced for eco-schemes.

As Barry Cassidy reports, the Portuguese presidency moved this week to break the deadlock with the European Parliament by increasing its proposed budget for eco-schemes from 20% to 25% of direct payments – a move that would see an extra €60m subtracted from direct payments in Ireland and allocated to climate and environmental schemes. The Parliament is seeking a 30% budget allocation.