Billions of euro allocated by the European Union in 2006 weren't properly justified by the countries which received it, Financial Times informed, quoted by Rador. Some funds designed for Agriculture ended up in the accounts of golf clubs and railroad companies, an EU audit indicates.
According to the audit conclusions, improper procedures were found in Merseyside (United Kingdom), Midi-Pyrenees (Southern France), Campania (Southern Italy), Valencia (Eastern Spain), as well as Poland and Slovenia. Concerning Romania and Bulgaria, the reports indicates that "there are significant risks".
"There is a high risk that the declared costs of regional aid projects are misstated or ineligible for reimbursement," the court said, according to FT.
"The Commission maintains only moderately effective supervision to mitigate the risk that the control systems in the member-states fail to prevent reimbursement of overstated or ineligible expenditure."
"Reasons for the errors in the underlying transactions include neglect, poor knowledge of the often complex rules and presumed attempts to defraud the EU budget," said Hubert Weber, the court's president, quoted by Financial Times.
Commission officials said suspected fraud cases were rare, and that out of hundreds of cases checked in 2006 only four had been handed over to the EU's independent anti-fraud office. Of these, two led to further investigations.