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MEP's Ashley Smith, Liam Aylward, Paolo de Castro and Albert Dess have put down a written declaration in the European Parliament that raises concerns about technical faults with EID equipment  and that sheep producers are facing subsidy penalties because of unreliable technology. 

 

The declaration calls on the commission to review legislation to allow some level of tolerance for faults in technology and a demand for exemption from the individual recording rules of all sheep farmers until 2016.

 

Alyn Smith MEP who has added his name in support of the declaration said:

 

"The European Parliament must continue to do all that it can to pressure for the necessary changes to the regulation to make this fit for purpose in any shape or form. There needs to be a review and it needs to be done now."

 

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