ANC flexibility

Speaking following an EU civil dialogue meeting in Brussels last week, rural development chair Joe Brady said there are sufficient flexibilities to protect areas already classified as ANC in the upcoming review. Member states can make a case based on local conditions to ensure that areas retain their status and continue to qualify for payments. The IFA has two upcoming meetings on ANCs in Fermoy (24 February) and Carlow (3 March). See www.ifa.ie for details.