The European Commission (EC) said on Monday it had requested Bulgaria to return EUR 24.543 million of unduly spent European Union (EU) agricultural policy funds.
The Commission said the charge had been prompted by the "insufficient levels of on-the-spot checks, weaknesses in the Land Parcel Identification System-Geographical Information System (LPIS-GIS ) and provision of inaccurate information and insufficient guidance to farmers with regard to area aid".
Under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure, the EC is claiming back a total of EUR 530 million of unduly spent agriculture financing by member states, including Denmark, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and the UK.
In the meantime, Germany will be reimbursed EUR 500,000, the statement said.(Source: Dnevnik)