Publication of CAP payments
The European Commission has announced that by the end of April 2009, EU countries must publish a list of all recipients of payments under the common agricultural policy (CAP). This information will be published online on nationally-managed websites with a search tool which enables the public to see how much money each person or company received. Amounts will be broken down in direct payments to farmers and other support measures. Funding received under rural development policy, which is co-financed between the EU and the national government, will also be made public. "This is taxpayers' money, so it is very important that people know where it is being spent," said Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Agricultural Commissioner. The UK is one of a number of EU countries that already publishes details of the recipients of EU agricultural funds.