Lords in attack on 'massive' EU fraud
Friday 29 July 1994
Peers branded the European Commission's new anti- fraud strategy, proposed in March, an 'action plan with no plans for action'.
In a scathing report - the fourth in six years - on financial control and fraud in the European Union, the Lords' committee on the European Communities said it was not possible to calculate the full extent of fraud.
'So many irregularities have been discovered in every sphere of community financial activity that it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that fraud exists on a monumental and growing scale,' it said.
The European Court of Auditors report, published last November, identified 'little or no improvement' in EU financial management, despite repeated criticism.
Examples of fraud included: farmers claiming money for storing grain which they do not have; payments of subsidies to cotton producers twice over; and cattle-smuggling across borders to evade customs levies.
The peers criticised the European Council of Ministers' 'unwillingness' to take strong measures to combat mismanagement and financial irregularity.
They called for a task force of outside experts to review how European institutions discharged their financial responsibilities; a strengthening of the Court of Auditors; and more lucid anti- fraud legislation.
The scale of EU fraud could amount to anything between pounds 2bn and pounds 6bn a year, according to estimates given to Parliament this year.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again say analysts
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
British supermodel and hitmaker join forces to launch a 'huge song'
I Am Bread could actually a challenging and nuanced title
Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 3 Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
- 5 Russell Brand might seem like a sexy revolutionary worth getting behind, but he will only fail his fans
Kobani: Fifteen-year-old boy taken captive with suspected jihadist 'shot in the head by militant group' fighting against Isis
Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Olympic star must serve 10 years, prosecutor urges
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
£45 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Chester: SEN Teaching Assistant (EBD)We ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Hull: Long term Early Years Teacher role from J...
£21500 - £40000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Operations Data Analyst -...