How Large Farm Owners
Divide The Spoils under the Common Agricultural Policy -AT YOUR EXPENCE.
Tell US where the CAP money
Vol 10 No 22
The demand for full
details about who benefits from the Common Agricultural Policy [is gathering
pace in the EU with disclosures of the beneficiaries of the Fund which many prominent
politicians are still desperately trying to hide]
The demand for full
details about who benefits from the Common Agricultural Policy is gathering
strength and may have unexpected consequences.
The campaign to force European Governments to divulge how
they divide the millions of euros they receive in farm subsidies is gathering
strength - and may have some wide-reaching consequences.
In June the campaigners succeeded in pressing the British Government
to produce the data, which confirmed what most people, suspected -that the bulk
of the money goes to agri-businesses and large landowners -
while small farmers receive
But the specificity of the report’s findings -not least
the revelation that the beneficiaries of the system that impoverishes the world’s
small farmers include -
THE QUEEN & PRINCE CHARLES
Brought home the immorality and absurdity of the CAP
in a way that statistics alone would not do.
Pressed to produce similar information the Dutch Government
has revealed that major beneficiaries in the Netherlands include-
Cees Veeman, the
Minister of Agriculture who received 190,000 euros from CAP during 2003.
In June  Mr Veeman angrily threatened to resign when
the Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende offered cautious support for Tony
Blair’s demand for a reduction in CAP subsidies.
In Denmark, Mariann Fishcher Boel, the Danish Minister
for Agriculture held out for 18months against demands for information about
how the subsidies are used. But when
the figures were finally released these revealed that
Mrs Boel with her husband the owner of three farms, was
herself a significant beneficiary, receiving no less than
DKK389, 000 (52,000 euros)
Other major beneficiaries
included three former government ministers, former ministers, MP’s and members
of the Royal Family.
The campaigners, who have enjoyed success in extracting
information from the Irish and Spanish governments, believe that they are on
the verge of getting the Swedish government to make full disclosure about where
the money goes.
NO ONE it seems has yet had the temerity to press France,
the largest national beneficiary under the CAP to say what it does with the money
(France receives £117 per
capita and the UK a mere £45.)
It seems most unlikely, however, that it is likely to be
French officials have not only
failed to co-operate with the attempts by the Court of Auditors to ensure that
the cash is spent according to the rules, but have actually obstructed it in
its duties (see eurofacts for 8th July 2005)
In the circumstances it seems reasonable to assume either
that the list of French beneficiaries includes some very big political names
indeed - or that the consistent conceals significant wrongdoing.
For decades the French have taken it for granted that the
CAP preserves a unique culture, which would not survive if, exposed to the full
blast of global competition.
Recent studies have thrown doubt about this cherished
assumption, even in France. If the
reputation of the CAP is further tarnished by revelations about where the money
goes -or even by a French government refusal to match the candour of the other
EU governments in saying what happens to it -then finally, and thankfully, the
days of the CAP may be numbered.
On the other hand, given its
remarkable powers of survival, we wouldn’t bet on it even now.
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