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European Commission - Press release

Commission to recover € 214 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

Brussels, 14 October 2011 - A total of € 214 million of EU agricultural policy funds unduly spent by Member States is being claimed back by the European Commission today under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure. This money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures 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.

Main financial corrections

Under this latest decision, funds will be recovered from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The most significant individual corrections are:

  • € 76.6 million charged to Sweden for the weaknesses in the Land Parcel Identification System – Geographical Information System (LPIS-GIS), administrative controls and sanctions for area-aids expenditures, including area-based Rural Development measures;

  • € 70.9 million charged to Italy with regard to the late controls in the sector of milk;

  • € 22.3 million charged to Denmark for the weaknesses in LPIS-GIS, in the on-the-spot checks and in the calculation of sanctions;

Details of the individual corrections, by Member State and by sector, are given in the tables attached (annexes I and II).

Background

Member States are responsible for managing most CAP payments, mainly via their paying agencies. They are also in charge of controls, for example verifying the farmer's claims for direct payments. The Commission carries out over 100 audits every year, verifying that Member State controls and responses to shortcomings are sufficient, and has the power to claw back funds in arrears if the audits show that Member State responses are not good enough to guarantee that EU funds have been spent properly.

For more information

For details on how the clearance of annual accounts system works, see MEMO/06/178 and the factsheet "Managing the agriculture budget wisely", available on the internet at: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/fin/clearance/factsheet_en.pdf .

Annex I: Clearance of accounts of EAGF and EAFRD

Decision 35: corrections by Member state

Sector and reason for correction

Amount in million EUR

Austria

Other corrections – correction proposed for overshooting of financial ceilings for the financial year 2006

1.304

Cyprus

 

Area aid - correction proposed for poor LPIS and deficiencies in on-the-spot controls in respect of financial years 2006-2008 for area-aids expenditure, including area-based Rural Development measures

9.086

Area aid - correction proposed for the financial year 2009 with regard to the weaknesses in the LPIS-GIS

1.659

Denmark

 

Area aid - correction proposed for financial years 2006 and 2007 for the weaknesses in LPIS-GIS and in the one-the-spot checks

20.296

Area aid - correction proposed for financial years 2006-2010 with regard to the deficiencies in controls on the farmer status

1.545

Late payments – correction proposed for the financial year 2008 for the non-compliance with the payment deadlines and exceeding the financial ceiling

0.331

Finland

 

Area aid - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2009 for the weaknesses in LPIS-GIS

0.462

Area aid - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2010 with regard to the deficiencies in activation of entitlements on vegetable gardens, non-recovery of undue payments and overpayments linked to reference amounts for sugar beet production

0.529

Germany

 

Fruit and vegetables – correction proposed for the financial year 2008 for ineligible expenditures in 3 producer organisations due to the weaknesses in the control system concerning the recognition of producer organisations

0.847

Other corrections – correction proposed for materiality breach in respect of the EAGF IACS population in the financial year 2008

0.949

Other corrections – correction proposed for materiality breach in respect of the EAGF non-IACS population in the financial year 2008

0.697

Greece

 

Wine - correction proposed for the financial years 2004-2005 with regard to the weaknesses in key controls, deficiencies in establishment and access to vineyard register

2.918

Area aid - correction proposed for the financial year 2007 for deficiencies in calculation of entitlements

6.827

Italy

 

Milk Products - correction proposed for the financial years 2005-2007 for late controls

70.912

Area aid – correction proposed for deficiencies in LPIS and in the calculation of sanctions in respect of the financial year 2008 for area-aids expenditure, including area-based Rural Development measures

7.607

Other corrections – correction proposed for an amount declared in the annual accounts of 2005 and not paid in the financial year 2005

0.067

Sector and reason for correction

Amount in million EUR

Malta

Area aid – correction proposed for deficiencies in LPIS in respect of the financial year 2007 for area-aids expenditure, including area-based Rural Development measures

0.222

Other corrections – correction proposed for irregularities and debts in the financial year 2007

0.039

The Netherlands

Area aid – correction proposed for financial years 2007-2010 for overshooting of national ceiling and deficiencies in the calculation of entitlements

2.243

Poland

Rural Development – correction proposed for financial years 2005-2007 for the lack of the environmental impact assessment in projects below 20ha in the field of afforestation

0.201

Other corrections – correction proposed with regard to the Most Likely Error

0.454

Portugal

 

Fruit and vegetables – correction proposed for financial years 2007 and 2008 with regard to the deficiencies in checking the processing yield in the tomato processing

0.678

Rural Development – correction proposed for financial years 2006-2007 with regard to the deficiencies in the scope of the on-the-spot checks in Agri-environment measures and Less-favoured areas measure and late application of the sanction system

0.656

Other corrections – correction proposed for financial errors in EAGF and EAFRD population in the financial year 2007

0.401

Spain

Other corrections – correction proposed for material and known errors in the accounts and debtors

0.571

Sweden

Area aid – correction proposed for financial years 2006-2008 with regard to the weaknesses in LPIS-GIS, administrative controls and sanctions (also relates to area-based Rural Development measures)

76.616

The United Kingdom

Area aid – correction proposed for financial years 2006-2008 with regard to the deficiencies in control, incorrect allocation of entitlements and overshooting of the regional ceilings

5.970

TOTAL

214.085

Annex II: Clearance of accounts of EAGF and EAFRD

Decision 35: Corrections by Sector

In Million €

Fruit & vegetables

1.524

 

 

Milk Products

70.912

Wine

2.918

Area Aid

125.804

Rural Development

9.486

Late payments

0.331

Other corrections

3.109

TOTAL

214.085

 

Contacts :

Roger Waite (+32 2 296 14 04)

Johan Reyniers (+32 2 295 67 28)


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