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Milking the system? Investigating fraud & fund misuse down on the farm

TALKING EUROPE
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Nearly 40 percent of the EU's budget ends up in farms, through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which funds tens of billions of euros in subsidies. But now, the Commission is proposing new strategies to make farming more sustainable as part of its Green New Deal. Meanwhile, budget cuts are looming large. What's more, a recent New York Times investigation raised questions about where the money is ending up – the paper providing evidence that corrupt government officials in several member states are or have been misusing subsidies to enrich their friends, families and even themselves.

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So has the EU's farm policy gone down the wrong track? And how should it be reworked for the future? We ask our panel of MEPs.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Mathilde Bénézet, Perrine Desplats and Céline Schmitt

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