Rural spending tops the error list

Payments for rural development have thrown up a host of errors in the annual report.

The auditors analysed 160 payments for rural development, part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and said that 58% were affected by errors. In terms of value, the report puts the estimated error rate at 7.7% – the highest of all policy areas. For the first time, the report split its audit of agriculture and natural resources into two chapters, one on market and direct support under the CAP, and one on rural development. For the purpose of the report, the far smaller environment, fisheries and health policies were also included in this section, accounting for total payments of €13.3 billion in 2011. 

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