EC to recover EUR 318 M CAP expenditure from member states


The largest corrections were applied to France – EUR 255.66 M. In the case of Romania is about EUR 4.51 M.

The European Commission (EC) Friday decided to claim back EUR 318 million (435 million U.S. dollars) of EU agricultural policy funds, which was claimed “unduly spent” by member states, xinhuanet.com informs. The EU member states are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that member states have made correct use of the funds. The Commission said the funds are being claimed back under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure. Under this latest decision, funds will be recovered from 11 member states, namely Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland and Britain.
Romania has to give back EUR 4.51 million, and the correction impact will be about EUR 4.24 million. Corrections were applied for the lack of definition of certain agricultural and environmental conditions, for partially controls and sanctions system deficiencies. The largest corrections were applied to France, to give back to EUR 255.66 million.
The issues facing Romania’s agriculture are similar to the issues faced by the Brazilian agriculture, given that in both countries there are large export-oriented agricultural holdings along subsistence farms, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos said Saturday, quoted by Agerpres. He attended a ceremony where Director General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization Jose Graziano da Silva was presented an honorary doctorate by the Bucharest University of Farm Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. He added that food security is not a fatality as it can be achieved.
MEPs welcome pledge on reform CAP reform
The European Commission has promised to amend the delegated act on direct payments now and to consider revision of others, if need be, after the first year of their application was met with a positive reaction by most political groups in the Agriculture committee and members of Parliament’s negotiating team on the CAP reform during their meeting last week with Commissioner Dacian Ciolos, according to agriland.ie. The committee will vote on April 7 on whether or not to reject delegated acts tabled by the Commission on March 11.
“Following the pressure of the European Parliament and of this Agriculture committee, the European Commission’s College has pledged to table an amendment to the highly controversial delegated act on direct payments, which would enter into force on 1 January 2015. They also promised that if farmers struggle with a red tape as a result of the greening or if the greening threatens the food security in the EU, the Commission will revise all relevant delegated acts one year after their application”, said chairman of the Parliament’s Agriculture committee Paolo De Castro.
“I am glad to see that the European Commission has understood Parliament’s concerns and decided to do what is best for our farmers and consumers. The Commission’s declaration is a welcomed step into the right direction which will increase the chances that delegated acts will not be rejected by the Agriculture committee next Monday. The first signs are already visible. During the meeting, political group coordinators speaking on behalf of majority of Agriculture MEPs have informally lifted their objections to the delegated acts as tabled by the Commission in March, although many of them will still have to discuss the matter with their members”, De Castro said.
The Agriculture committee will vote on April 7 on 10 motions for resolution to reject delegated acts tabled by the Commission on March 11. If the rejection is supported in the Agriculture committee, its recommendation will be forwarded to the full House. Parliament will then, during the April’s plenary sitting in Strasbourg, decide whether or not it will reject specific CAP reform delegated acts. The rejection will require an absolute majority, i.e. majority of all MEPs.

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