Myth: EC spending on agriculture is out of control, with subsidies having risen by some 6% from 1991 to 1992 when in fact they were supposed to have fallen. It is, furthermore, subject to fraud on an unprecedented scale.
Truth: In fact, EC subsidies in agriculture were lowered by 7% (in terms of ECU) for the above period. However, with sterling’s devaluation this figure was translated into a 6% rise in pounds sterling.
It has to be borne in mind that the detection of fraud is principally up to the Member States’ national authorities rather than the European Commission.CAP subsidies: are they out of control and why can't the EC stop th efraud?,