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European Commission - Press release

Commission to recover €102 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

Brussels, 19 December 2014

A total of €102 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission from Greece, Ireland and Slovenia 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.


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 management and control is 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.

Details of the individual corrections by Member State are given in the table attached (Annex I).

Annex I : Conformity clearance of accounts of EAGF and EAFRD
                Decision 46: Corrections by Member state (In Million €)

[1]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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