UK: UK has to pay back 112million euros in farming funds to the EU after admin glitches

Money must be paid back to the European Union

Money must be paid back to the European Union - Credit: © EC / C Lambiotte

The European Commission is set to recover 414million euros of “unduly spent” EU agricultural policy funds, including 111.7million euros from the UK.

It says there were weaknesses in the Land Parcel Identification and Geographic Information Systems (LPIS-GIS) in England, in processing applications, in administrative cross checks and in on-the-spot controls relating to area aid.

Member states are responsible for paying out and checking spending under the Common Agricultural Policy, and the Commission has to ensure they use funds correctly. The money is returned to the EU budget.