The European Commission says it wants its money back, after mis-spending by ten member states to the tune of 277 million euros.It says the countries did not have adequate control procedures for spending money allocated under the Common Agricultural Policy. Italy is to be charged 68.71 million euros, mainly for exceeding the ceiling for olive oil production between 1998 and 2000. Spain is to be charged about 135 million euros for shortcomings in the control system in the flax and hemp industries. Greece will have to pay back 25 million euros for insufficient checks in the arable crops sector, and France is being asked for more than 18 million euros, mainly for lax controls in subsidies to banana producers. The other states concerned are Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Commission seeks reimbursements over CAP mis-spending