Auditors' report shows EU green farming projects need better oversight
Three-quarters of EU green farming projects are too costly, according to a report published today by the European Court of Auditors.
The auditors visited 28 projects in the UK, Portugal, Denmark and Italy, and found that only five were cost-effective. They concluded that between 2007 and 2013 €860m (£660m) of public money was spent on non-productive investments.
The report found that problems stemmed largely from the failure of national governments to properly scrutinise projects and ensure they are eligible and provide good value for money.
Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:
"Europe-wide environmental schemes are vital to protect our natural habitats and biodiversity.
"But we must ensure that they provide value for money.
"Once again the issue is that national governments are not doing their job properly.
"The UK government must ensure that green farming schemes are properly scrutinised and deliver tangible benefits to our environment."