Statement by Michel Cretin,Michel Cretin, Member of the European Court of Auditors, on the special report "The effectiveness of the Single Area Payment Scheme as a transitional system for supporting farmers in the New Member States"
On 27 November 2012, Michel Cretin, Member of the European Court of Auditors, made a statement on the reconsideration of the distribution of income aid to farmers in new Member States.
The European Court of Auditors has published its first special report (SR16/2012) on 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 Single Area Payment Scheme (SAPS) was designed to enable the new Member States who joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, to support farmers’ income. It is currently applied in 10 EU Member States and the related expenditure amounted to 5 billion euro in 2011. The Court’s report focuses on the beneficiaries of the policy, on eligible land and on the contribution of the scheme to the objective of supporting farmers’ income. PHOTOSHOTLISTLINK