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Commission to recover € 54.3 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

Commission Européenne - IP/12/142   16/02/2012

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European Commission - Press release

Commission to recover € 54.3 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

Brussels, 16 February 2012 – A total of €115.2 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. As some of these amounts have already been recovered from the Member States, the financial impact is somewhat lower at €54.3 million. 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 Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The most significant individual corrections are:

  • € 29.8 million (financial impact*: €29.5 million) charged to UK for weaknesses in their sanctioning system and for inadequately implemented Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions (GAEC) with regard to cross-compliance;

  • € 27.3 million (financial impact*: 0) charged to Italy with regard to late payments to farmers;

  • € 21.5 million charged to Italy for the weaknesses in the controls of mills and compatibility of yields for olive oil;

  • €14.6 million (financial impact*: €14.5 million) charged to the Netherlands for a deficient sanctioning system and lack of control of certain Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions (GAEC) with regard to cross-compliance.

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 details on how the clearance of annual accounts system works, see MEMO/12/109 and the factsheet "Managing the agriculture budget wisely", available on the internet at:

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/fin/clearance/factsheet_en.pdf

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

Annex I : Clearance of accounts of EAGF and EAFRD

Decision 37: Corrections by Member state (In Million €)

Sector and reason for correction

Amount of correction

Amount of financial impact of the correction*

Belgium

Rural Development - correction proposed for financial years 2008-2010 with regard to deficiencies in controls of Agri-environment and Natural Handicaps measures

2.762

2.762

Late Payments - correction proposed for financial year 2009 with regard to non-compliance with payment deadlines and for ineligible expenditure

0.370

0

Cyprus

 

Cross-compliance - correction proposed for financial years 2006-2009 for non-defined Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions and for on-the-spot control weaknesses

0.118

0.103

Correction proposed for overshooting of the financial ceiling for the financial year 2010

0.024

0

Czech Republic

Correction proposed for overshooting of the financial ceiling for the financial year 2010

0.011

0

Denmark

 

Correction proposed for overshooting of the financial ceiling for the financial year 2010

0.001

0

Estonia

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines

0.010

0

Finland

 

Rural Development - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2008 with regard to ineligible expenditure

0.045

0.045

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines

0.011

0

France

Rural Development - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2009 with regard to weaknesses in controls of the following measures: Modernisation of agricultural holdings, Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage

0.764

0.764

Correction proposed with regard to most likely error and known error in the framework of financial clearance 2008

0.046

0.046

Germany

 

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to the reduction in accordance with the financial clearance decision

7.108

0

Other corrections - correction proposed for the total error exceeding the level of materiality in the EAGF Annex III population in the framework of financial clearance 2008

0.036

0.036

Greece

 

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2009 with regard to the non-compliance with payment deadlines and overshooting of financial ceilings

8.672

reimbursement of 0.142

Correction proposed for overshooting of the financial ceiling for the financial year 2009

0.190

0.190

Judgement of Court of Justice in case T-344/05 - the Court partially annulled decision 2055/555/EC by its judgment of 9 September 2011

reimbursement of 34.531

reimbursement of 34.531

Hungary

Area Aid - correction proposed for deficiencies in LPIS-GIS in respect of financial years 2007-2008 and weaknesses related to administrative cross-checks and on-the-spot checks

5.243

5.243

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines

0.022

0

Ireland

Intervention storage - correction proposed for financial years 2005-2006 for not meeting the regulatory minimum control level in the public storage of sugar and cereals

0.004

0.004

Rural Development - correction proposed for financial years 2002-2005 with regard to the misapplication of agricultural funds

0.137

0.137

Late Payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines

0.095

0

Italy

 

    Olive oil and other oils and fats - correction proposed for weaknesses in the controls of mills and compatibility of yields in respect of financial years 2005-2006

21.456

21.456

    Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2007 with regard to non-compliance with payment deadlines

27.293

0

    Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2009 with regard to non-compliance with payment deadlines, overshooting of financial ceilings and temporary sugar restructuring

8.483

0

Lithuania

Area Aid - correction proposed for financial years 2006-2008 with regard to weaknesses in the LPIS-GIS, ineffectiveness of the risk analysis and timing of on-the-spot checks, including area-based Rural Development measures

8.563

8.563

Malta

    Cross-compliance - correction proposed for financial years 2006 and 2007 with regard to Statutory Management Requirements 7-8 for non-achievement of the minimum control rate and for ineffective checking of Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions

0.001

0.001

The Netherlands

    Livestock premiums - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2008 with regard to non application of sanctions in the case of potentially eligible animals

1.548

1.548

    Cross-compliance - correction proposed for financial years 2006-2009 with regard to the deficient sanctioning system, lack of control of certain Statutory Management Requirements and Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions

14.598

14.485

Rural Development - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2009 with regard to deficiencies in administrative checks of livestock density for Agri-Environment commitments, verification of Agri-Environment commitments & amount of fertilizers, notifications in advance of on-the-spot checks, traceability of on-the-spot check measurement and checks on livestock density and weaknesses in the sanction system

2.040

2.018

Poland

Financial clearance 2008: correction proposed with regard to non-refunded recoveries in the EAGF population

0.281

0.281

Portugal

 

    Fruits & Vegetables - correction proposed for financial year 2006-2008 for deficiencies in the environmental management of packaging and incorrect calculation of the value of the market production

0.038

0.038

Spain

    Fruits & Vegetables - correction proposed for financial years 2006-2007 with regard to interest incorrectly charged to the EU budget following non-respect of payment deadlines

0.378

0.378

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to exceeding of the financial ceiling, late payments and recovery of milk levy

6.576

0

    Financial correction proposed for Systematic errors discovered in the EAGF non-IACS population in the framework of financial clearance 2007

0.126

0.126

    Correction proposed for material and known errors in the accounts and/or debtors in the framework of financial clearance 2008

0.028

0.028

    Correction proposed for overshooting of the financial ceiling and ineligible expenditure for financial year 2008

0.933

0.933

Sweden

Livestock premiums - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2008 with regard to non application of sanctions regarding potentially eligible bovine animals

0.108

0.108

Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines and exceeding of the financial ceiling

0.044

0

The United Kingdom

    Cross-compliance - correction proposed for financial years 2007-2010 with regard to weaknesses in the sanctioning system and for inadequately implemented Statutory Management Requirements and Good Agricultural and Environment Conditions

29.846

29.547

    Rural Development - correction proposed for financial year 2008-2010 with regard to weaknesses in the verification of the reasonableness of the cost

0.250

0.157

    Late payments - correction proposed for financial year 2010 due to non-compliance with payment deadlines and exceeding of the financial ceiling

1.466

0

      TOTAL

    115.222

    54.324

    Annex II : Clearance of accounts of EAGF and EAFRD

    Decision 37: Corrections by Sector (In Million €)

    Sector

    Amount of correction

    Amount of financial impact of the correction*

    Fruit & vegetables

    0.416

    0.416

     

     

    Intervention storage

    0.004

    0.004

    Livestock premiums

    (including a reimbursement following the judgement of the Court of Justice in case T-344/05)

    -32.875

    -32.875

    Area Aid

    13.807

    13.807

    Cross-compliance

    44.563

    44.136

    Olive oil and other oils and fats

    21.456

    21.456

    Rural Development

    5.997

    5.883

    Late payments

    60.151

    -0.142

    Other corrections

    1.676

    1.639

    TOTAL

    115.222

    54.324

     

    Contact :

    Roger Waite (+32 2 296 14 04)

    * :

    The financial impact is lower due to amounts already withheld;

    * :

    Financial impact of the correction is taking into account the previous overlapping corrections and amounts already recovered by the European Commission

    * :

    Financial impact of the correction is taking into account the previous overlapping corrections and amounts already recovered by the European Commission


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