EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS
Luxembourg, 20 November 2012
First report of the European Court of Auditors on the main income support scheme for farmers in the New Member States (known as the single area payments scheme - SAPS). This report provides an in depth assessment of the main weaknesses, such as payments made to beneficiaries who are not (or only marginally) involved in agriculture, payments in relation to abandoned land or land devoted to non agricultural activities, payments made to state entities, strong concentration of aid on few but large beneficiaries etc, which need to be addressed to improve its sound management. The report is a contribution to the ongoing discussions on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.
The report will be presented to the press and the public by Mr Michel Cretin, Member of the European Court of Auditors.
Special report 16/2012: "The effectiveness of the Single Area Payment Scheme as a transitional system for supporting farmers in the New Member States"
DATE AND TIME Tuesday, 27 November 2012 at 10:30
VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE - International Press Centre
155, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels – Belgium (www.residencepalace.be)
INTERPRETATION will be available in French and English.
Access to the meeting room is not subject to a specific accreditation.
A PRESS PACK, consisting of the Special Report and a summary there-of, will be made available in 22 official languages and be published on the Court's web site, www.eca.europa.eu