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Krajolik_daffs-EFAA report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) finds that most of the “errors” in rural development policy are due to “breaches of conditions” set by member states.

The auditors say tens of billions have been spent “in error” from rural development funds.

But the ECA cautions that the control authorities in member states “could and should” have detected and corrected most of the errors affecting investment measures in rural development.

Njihovi kontrolni sustavi su manjkavi jer provjere nisu iscrpne i temelje se na nedovoljnim informacijama, kaže ECA.

Rasa Budbergytė, the ECA member responsible for the report, said,“It’s important to understand why the rate of errors in rural development policy is unacceptably high.”

“The key to bringing it down is to strike the right balance between the number and complexity of rules governing spending – which help achieve policy goals such as improving agricultural competitiveness – and the efforts to guarantee compliance with such rules.”

Posebno izvješće pod naslovom Pogreške u potrošnji za ruralni razvoj: koji su uzroci i kako se rješavaju?, usredotočuje se na usklađenost provedbe ruralnog razvoja s primjenjivim zakonima i propisima te opisuje glavne uzroke visoke stope pogreške za ruralni razvoj.

Oglas

Također ocjenjuje jesu li koraci koje poduzimaju države članice i komisija vjerojatno da će u budućnosti učinkovito riješiti identificirane uzroke.

Izvješće uključuje informacije stavljene na raspolaganje revizorima do kraja rujna 2014.

EU i države članice dodijelile su više od 150 milijardi eura politici ruralnog razvoja tijekom programskog razdoblja od 2007. do 2013., podijeljeno gotovo jednako između mjera ulaganja i potpora na području.

Rashodi za ruralni razvoj provode se zajedničkim upravljanjem između država članica i komisije.

Pojedinačne zemlje odgovorne su za provedbu programa ruralnog razvoja na odgovarajućoj teritorijalnoj razini, prema vlastitim institucionalnim aranžmanima.

Komisija je odgovorna za nadzor država članica kako bi se osiguralo da ispunjavaju svoje obveze.

The “significant level” of non-compliance with applicable rules, as reflected in the high error rate, means that the money concerned is not spent according to the rules, said the ECA.

It concludes: “This may negatively affect the attainment of rural development policy objectives, such as improving the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry, improving the environment and the countryside, improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging the diversification of economic activity.”

However, Jonathan Arnott, a UKIP MEP and member of the budgetary control committee, is still critical of the EU, saying: “The commission has again shown it is incapable of finding a way to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent properly. For eurocrats, the failure to spend a billion-plus euros according to the rules is business as usual.”

Arnott added that while one “could expect any multi-billion euro operation to have a rate of error in how money is spent, the auditors found that the rate of error in spending EU rural development funds in 2011-2013 was ‘unacceptably high.’ In fact, the rate was 8.2 percent, or four times the maximum rate of error that would be tolerated in private enterprise.

“In this report the auditors calculated the rate of error just for three years. If calculated across the entire €150bn 2007-2013 rural development budget, this would indicate that €1.23bn has been spent by member states without adhering to the rules.

“The commission is responsible for ‘shared management’ of these funds, so the eurocrats must share the blame for the failed oversight and gross errors made in how these billions were spent.”

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