Green EU farm subsidy controls criticised

Audit report identifies poor checks on agri-environment funding, calls for reflection ahead of next spending round

Environmental subsidies under the EU's common agricultural policy are being poorly controlled, the bloc's financial watchdog said in a report published on Tuesday. The European court of auditors criticises both member states and the European Commission.

According to the court, agri-environment funding is inherently difficult to control efficiently. "It is only rarely possible to verify at reasonable cost that funds have been properly spent", it concludes. It calls on the EU institutions to "consider... how to take into account the principle that if a measure cannot be adequately checked, it should not be the subject of public payment."

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