Commissoner open to review of EID rules

A cross-party group of MEPs including George Lyon, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland, met with European Health Commissioner Dalli to discuss the latest position on the introduction of the electronic tagging of sheep (EID).

George Lyon MEPGeorge Lyon MEPAt the meeting the Commissioner stated he was not opposed to a review of the implementation of the rules. Mr Lyon also pressed the Commission to publish exactly what flexibility they and their auditors had agreed with the Scottish Government when they carry out inspections.

Commenting after the meeting, Mr Lyon said:

“The EID saga has been rumbling on for far too long. Farmers need clarity on how much flexibility they have on read rates and on farm records.

“I asked Commissioner Dalli to spell out exactly what has been agreed with the Scottish Government on read rate and record keeping accuracy and asked him to confirm the EU auditors have agreed them.

“Farmers need to know exactly what flexibility is allowed to avoid swingeing fines.

“The Commissioner did give us some hope when he told us that he was ‘not opposed’ to reviewing the rules altogether.

“A review of the rules leading to a complete rethink by the Commission would be the best outcome for Scottish farmers and that is what I will continue to push for.”