The Direct Payments (Crop Diversification Derogation) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Publication Date:January 01, 2020
 
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2020No. 135

AGRICULTURE

The Direct Payments (Crop Diversification Derogation) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Made28thApril2020

Laid before the Scottish Parliament29thApril2020

Coming into force1stMay2020

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 69(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009( 1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

The Scottish Ministers are of the opinion that, in order to resolve problems caused by the extreme weather conditions experienced across Scotland in recent months, it is both necessary and justifiable in an emergency to derogate from the specified provisions of that Regulation, and that the derogation applies to the extent and for such period as are strictly necessary.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Direct Payments (Crop Diversification Derogation) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 1 May 2020.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland.

Derogation from the crop diversification requirements

2.—(1) Articles 43(2)(a) and 44 of Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013( 2) do not apply for the claim year 2020.

(2) In this regulation, “claim year” means a period of 12 months beginning with 1 January (and “claim year” followed by a year, means the period of 12 months beginning with 1 January in that year).

St Andrew's House,

Edinburgh

28th April 2020

MAIRI GOUGEON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Farmers entitled to a payment under the basic payment scheme must observe certain agricultural practices set out in Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing rules for direct payments to farmers under support schemes within the framework of the common agricultural policy and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 637/2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2009 (“the Direct Payments Regulation”), which are beneficial for the climate and the environment.

These Regulations make derogations from certain provisions of the Direct Payments Regulation, disapplying the crop diversification...

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