Press conference by Michel Cretin, Member of the European Court of Auditors, on the first ECA special report on the income support paid to farmers in the new Member States
Michel Cretin, Member of the European Court of Auditors, gave a press conference following the publication of the first ECA special report (RS n° 16/2012) on the income support paid to farmers in the new Member States. It is calling for reform to ensure that income support be directed to the active farmer who conducts concrete and regular agricultural activities. In particular, public entities managing state land and not otherwise involved in farming should be excluded from EU farm support and no payments should be made in relation to unutilized land or land which is mainly devoted to non-agricultural activities. The participants of the press conference were: Dirk Pauwels, Head of cabinet of Michel Cretin, Sven Koelling, Team Leader at the ECA, and Helder Faria Viegas, Head of the Unit "Performance - Unit A" of the European Court of Auditors.