Billions lost to CAP fraud
BILLIONS of pounds of taxpayers money are being lost each year through waste, mismanagement and fraud involving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to a the governments spending watchdog.
Sir John Bourn, the governments Comptroller and Auditor-General, uncovered a number of examples of money.
One involved durum wheat farmers who were overcompensated for low yields to such an extent that £2 billion was lost between 1994 and 1997.
As well as receiving a fixed minimum price, which made up for the yield, the farmers also received special aid for every tonne harvested.
Another example concerns 65,000 cattle, slaughtered under a scheme designed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The cattle could not be traced, the report says, even though farmers had apparently been compensated.
- EU waste and fraud costs £3bn, FWi, 23 April, 1998
- The Independent 15/03/02/99 page 8