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Parliamentary questions
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11 March 2015
Question for written answer E-003940-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
José Blanco López (S&D)

 Subject:  Complaint of fraud in CAP subsidies
 Answer in writing 

According to local press reports, landowners in Guitiriz have complained that local farmers have allegedly received years of subsidy payments under the common agricultural policy (CAP) to which they were not entitled. It is claimed that they obtained these payments by counting hectares of land belonging to third parties as eligible for subsidy, although they had not leased these areas or received permission to do so.

Thus all the evidence indicates that this did occur. Indeed the Regional Ministry for the Countryside has confirmed the existence of the practice. This constitutes fraudulent misuse of public funds. It is especially serious because all CAP money has to be directed to those who really need it: the farmers and stock breeders who generate business and employment, helping to stem the depopulation of Galicia’s rural areas, and to conserve the environment.

Is the Commission aware of this use of CAP funds? Does it, in any case, consider that it constitutes fraud? Has it contacted the Government of Galicia to investigate what has happened?

Has it adopted, or is it going to adopt, any measure in response to the facts complained against?

Original language of question: ES 
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