Research Papers 2016

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee in 2016.

Japanese Knotweed

- Date: 20/12/2016

Japanese Knotweed

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Forms of farm support/subsidy as operated in selected countries and associated conditions

- Date: 27/10/2016

This paper looks at the methods of agricultural support that are available to farmers within a number of countries around the world. Where possible, the paper also identifies any associated regulation that farmers are required to comply with in order to avail of the support.

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Rural Development funding for the rural community (Priority 6 Schemes) – background and possible ‘Brexit’ considerations

- Date: 21/10/2016

The 2014-20 Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme has a total potential budget of £623 million, of which £186.5 million is EU derived, with the remainder coming from matched DAERA/NI Executive funds. This briefing paper discusses some of the possible ‘Brexit’ considerations for Priority 6 measures within the 2014-20 NIRDP which have a total value of approximately £70m.

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Examples of UK environmental legislation which pre-date EU legislation

- Date: 14/10/2016

During a RaISe briefing to the Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee on Northern Ireland’s environment – background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations (NIAR 262-16) long established UK environmental requirements pre-dating EU legislation were discussed. Members asked for further examples, and while not exhaustive, this briefing note attempts to identify a number of these.

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Northern Ireland’s fisheries sectors – background and possible ‘Brexit’ considerations

- Date: 14/10/2016

This briefing paper provides contextual information on the sea and inland fisheries sectors within Northern Ireland, as well as exploring potential considerations for the sectors following on from the UK referendum decision to leave the European Union on 23rd June.

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Aarhus Convention

- Date: 07/10/2016

This briefing note is in response to a Committee request concerning the responsible body or depository of the Aarhus Convention.

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Internet/broadband provision in rural Northern Ireland

- Date: 07/10/2016

This briefing provides outline information on the level of internet and more specifically broadband provision within Northern Ireland (NI) as a whole, and also provides some rural specific analysis of the data.

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Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector – background and possible ‘Brexit’ considerations

- Date: 07/10/2016

This briefing paper provides contextual information on the agriculture and food and drink processing sectors, as well as exploring potential considerations for the sectors following on from the UK referendum decision to leave the European Union on the 23rd June.

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Northern Ireland’s environment - background and potential ‘Brexit’ considerations

- Date: 23/09/2016

This paper considers some of the areas under environment that may be impacted by leaving the European Union. It does this by identifying some of the main EU legislation in each area and briefly outlining how the legislation is transposed in Northern Ireland. It also notes possible questions for DAERA and the UK Government in light of the considerations raised.

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Possible models for the UK-EU relationship post ‘Brexit’

- Date: 09/09/2016

The exact nature of the relationship the UK and the EU will end up with remains unclear at this time and will be subject to potentially complex and protracted negotiations. This paper provides an overview of some of the most commonly cited potential alternatives open to the UK and EU and whilst the ultimate outcome may directly mirror one of these models or individual features within them, there could equally be potential for a bespoke UK-EU model. For the purposes of this paper the focus is on how each of the potential relationship models impact on issues relating to the environment, agriculture and fisheries within the context of EU regulation and single market access.

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