Recall is part of the regular 'clearance of accounts procedure'.
The European Commission announced today (26
February) it is reclaiming €414 million of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
funds improperly spent by member states.
The recall is done regularly under the ‘clearance
of accounts procedure' at the end of a long-term budgetary period, under which
the Commission is required to ensure that member states have made correct use
of the funds. Out of the total, €21 million has already been recovered. All
member states except Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Austria and Portugal will
have to return money.
The largest return – €112 million –
is being demanded of the UK for weaknesses in the Land Parcel
Identification and Geographic Information Systems (LPIS-GIS), in the processing
of applications, in administrative cross checks and in on-the-spot controls.
Italy must return the next largest amount – €48 million for
infringements in cross compliance.
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