20 Nov 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 20 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily
The Commission ensuring the sound management of the EU agriculture budget
Under the clearance of accounts procedure, the European Commission is claiming back from Member States unduly spent Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds. Today’s decision concerns 18 Member States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and has a financial impact of €276 million. The implementation of the decision on Greece is deferred until 2017. For more information on today’s decision, see the Official Journal of the European Union.
€410 million returned to European farmers from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget
The European Commission has today published a decision to reimburse €410 million to European farmers. Since the 2013 CAP reform, a relevant amount is deducted every year from farmers’ direct payments in order to create a yearly agricultural crisis reserve. If not used by the end of the year, this reserve goes back to farmers. In spite of difficulties in certain agricultural sector in the past year, it was not necessary to touch the crisis reserve in 2015. The additional support measures taken during 2015 were financed from existing budgetary availabilities in 2015, while the €500 million support package announced in September 2015 will only lead to EU expenditure from the 2016 budget. The concept of the agricultural crisis reserve and this reimbursement mechanism was agreed in the 2013 CAP reform and applied for the first time in the 2014 budget year. The deduction only applies to Direct Payment amounts above €2000 and does not apply in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania where direct payments are still being phased in.
European Commission invests €160.6 million in 96 new environment projects
The Commission approved an investment package of €264.8 million to support Europe’s environment, nature and green growth. The investment covers 96 new projects spanning to 21 Member States, funded under the LIFE programme for the Environment. The projects cover actions in the field of resource efficiency, supporting the transition to a more circular and sustainable economy, nature and biodiversity, and environmental governance and information. EU will co-finance the projects by providing €160.6 million. EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Money invested in environment projects is money well spent. I am delighted to see that our LIFE programme will support many innovative projects, and I am sure they will make a vital contribution. As well as protecting and enhancing natural capital, there are many promising avenues here that will help steer Europe towards a low-carbon, resource efficient and sustainable future. We will follow these projects carefully, with a view to sharing and replicating their success.” A press release and the list of funded projects are available online.
- Preparation of the Eurogroup meeting
- Commission addresses Letters of Formal Notice to Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland and Slovenia for non-transposition of the Directive on attacks against information systems
- Eurostat: EU28 current account surplus €15.9 billion
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