Specialised training needed

Mairead McGuinness, MEP has written to Minister for Agriculture and the head of the EU Court of Auditors to warn about the serious mental health consequences for some farmers arising from CAP farm inspections. And she has called for training for inspectors to raise awareness around mental health issues.

Mairead McGuinness, MEP has written to Minister for Agriculture and the head of the EU Court of Auditors to warn about the serious mental health consequences for some farmers arising from CAP farm inspections. And she has called for training for inspectors to raise awareness around mental health issues.

The MEP said EU auditors also need some awareness training in how ordinary farmers on relatively low incomes are negatively impacted by their decisions both in terms of losing part of their income and in terms of their mental health. “While we have to ensure that fraud and criminality is detected and punished, we must distinguish between it and relatively minor irregularities or mistakes,” she concluded.