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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007661-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Italian agricultural payments agency (AGEA)
 Answer in writing 

The Italian agricultural payments agency (AGEA) was established by virtue of Legislative Decree No 165/99 to conduct coordination and paying agency tasks within the meaning of Regulation 1290/2005. The AGEA’s remits include granting Community aid, contributions and premiums and managing interventions, public stocks and programmes, improving agricultural product quality, and food aid and economic cooperation with other countries.

Over the years, the Italian authorities have detected various cases of fraud in respect of common agricultural policy (CAP) funding. For example, fraudsters were checking to see what land had never formed the subject of a request for EU grants via the CAA (authorised agricultural assistance centres) and, using false names, managed to appropriate funding without any checks being run on the authenticity of the title deeds presented to complicit CAA officials.

Can the Commission therefore specify whether:
It will calculate how much CAP funding has been allocated to Italy and recovered, with the accompanying interest, within the meaning of Article 27 of implementing regulation No 908/2014, after being deemed subject to fraud against the EU?
It will check whether the control system in place in Italy conforms to Title V of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013?
Original language of question: IT 
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