Farm Ireland

Thursday 26 April 2018

Member states to repay €346m CAP funds

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Over €346m of incorrectly spent CAP funds is to be claimed back from member states by the European Commission.

The money will be returned to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure.

Ireland is to pay back over €520,000 because of irregularities within the milk sector and payment deadlines.

A one-off correction of €367,181 was imposed on Ireland for accepting applications for the dairy premium after the regulatory deadline. A further €152,676 is due for Ireland's failure to meet statutory deadlines for payments in 2007 and 2008.

However, the Irish payments are decidedly low compared to that of other member states.

By far the most significant repayment is Greece's, consisting of €105.5m for weaknesses in the control system for cotton and €18.5m for those in the rural development measures.

Poland is to repay €92m for various weaknesses in area aids during 2006 and 2007. Some €47.5m is being charged to Spain for issues in the control system in the fruit and vegetable sector.

Britain has been charged €14.2m for failure to meet deadlines for direct payments and Holland €10.4m for insufficient export refund checks.

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In all, funds will be recovered from Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

The recall of CAP expenditure is designed to ensure taxpayers' money is properly spent.

Irish Independent