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EC recovers £52m from UK for errors in CAP funding
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Published on 14-08-13

More than €60m (£52m) is being claimed back from the UK government due to inadequate controls on agriculture expenditure.  Under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure, the Commission will claw back some €180m (£156m) of agricultural funds from 14 EU states. The action follows audits carried out by the Commission to ensure EU taxpayers' money is spent properly. The money returns to the EU budget.

    EC recovers £52m from UK for errors in CAP funding

    The financial corrections affecting the UK include €40.4m (£35m) for weaknesses related to the land parcel identification system – geographical information system - on-the-spot checks and sanctions in Scotland.  A further correction of €18.6m* (£16.1m) was levied for errors in the allocation of entitlements. The deficiencies occurred over several years.

    Managing the CAP budget wisely

    Member states are responsible for managing most CAP payments, including controls to verify farmers' claims for direct payments.  The Commission meanwhile carries out around 100 audits annually to check the controls and responses to shortcomings by member states are sufficient. If the audits show management and control and not good enough to ensure EU funds have been spent properly, then the Commission claw backs funds in arrears.

    * Some money has already been recovered so the financial impact is now €16.6m (£14.4m).

    ** exchange rates are approximate figures only

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