Commission to recover 83m CAP expenditure from Member States


A total of 83 million of EU farm money unduly spent by Member States is claimed back as a result of a decision adopted by the European Commission.

The money returns to the Community budget because of inadequate control procedures or non-compliance with EU rules on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

Commenting on the decision, Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said - "We are working extremely hard to maintain the best possible control over farm spending. The Court of Auditors has noted considerable improvements in our control system over recent years and we are striving to make things better still. This is taxpayers' money and they have a right to know it is being spent wisely."

Main financial corrections
Under this latest decision - the 27th since the 1995 reform of the system for recovering unduly spent CAP money - funds will be recovered from Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal. The most significant individual corrections are -

  • 54.9 million charged to Spain for unauthorised planting of vineyards in years 2003 and 2004;
  • 11.0 million charged to France for non-respect of recognition criteria concerning producers' groups operating in fruits and vegetables sector and for not satisfying level of assistance delivered by them to the individual producers.

Ireland is required to return €0.77m in respect of - 'Milk powder for casein - weaknesses in sampling procedure of production batches'.

For details on how the clearance of annual accounts system works, see MEMO/06/178 and the factsheet - 'Managing the agriculture budget wisely' - Click Here