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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Commission remains committed to publication of beneficiaries of EU farm aid

Following the publication of new rules, EU Member State Ministries of Agriculture are required to publish before April 30 2011 detailed figures on all legal persons (companies) which are beneficiaries of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) funding in 2010. These CAP transparency rules have been in place for the last 3 years, but the Commission has had to adapt the requirements to exclude the publication of data of natural persons (individual farmers), following a Court of Justice ruling last November. "While being convinced that we need to strike a balance between the objective of information and transparency on the one hand, and the fundamental right for the protection of personal data on the other hand, it is important for taxpayers to know how their money is spent within the CAP", EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Dacian Cioloş stated. The Commission is currently preparing a proposal for a revised transparency scheme which would duly take account of the judgement.

Source: European Commission