Defra fined more than £160m for SPS errors.

Defra is being forced to repay more than £160m to the European Commission for breaking the rules over administering farm subsidies.  EU states have been ordered to hand back £225.4m of farm money misspent between 2004 and 2007.  Mapping problems left the department with a £116.5m fine, while it was billed £44.6m for problems the Rural Payments Agency had with setting up the Single Payment Scheme.

Agricultural Commissions, Dacian Diolos, said "We need to veryify that taxpayers money is not being misspent".

A Defra spokeswoman said the department had already known about the fines and accounted for them in its budgets.

Read more..

We use cookies on our website to support technical features that enhance your user experience.

We also use analytics & advertising services. To opt-out click for more information.