Basic Payment Scheme Deadline Extended
The deadline for submitting claims for the BPS has been extended to Monday 15th June 2015. This decision has been made after the European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan confirmed on the 19th March that Member States will be allowed an extension to the BPS deadline of a month. It is also understood that this change is also applied to Pillar 2 schemes (Environmental Stewardship annual claim requirement).
The RPA has stated that the delay in applications will not compromise the ability to begin payments in December but many others are suggesting that it would be wise to budget to receive BPS monies in March 2016.