CAP Fraud May03
majority of European Member States are fraudulently claiming EU
agricultural subsidies, according to an announcement from the European
Commission today. The main
offenders are France, Italy and Greece.
The money is to be recovered following an investigation by the
Commission which shows that Member States have not been implementing the
correct controls required by the Common Agricultural Policy.
Parish MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Agriculture in the European
"The fraudulent use of
nearly £120m by other Member States underlines the need for CAP reform to
be urgently addressed. It has
been obvious for years that CAP has been riddled with corruption - reform
is long overdue. British
farmers play by the rules - they are not being fined.
Other European farmers have been claiming for cattle that don't
exist, crops that are never grown, or land that isn't farmed.
This kind of corruption must be rooted out.
We welcome the decision to
recover these misspent funds from offenders such as France who owe over £17
million to the European taxpayer. Let's
just hope the Commission has more luck than with the £30 million owed to
us by the French over the illegal ban on British beef, which remains