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Valencia, Andalucía and Basque Country fined by Brussels for 'misuse' of funds
26 February 2013 @ 18:09

THREE federal regions in Spain have been fined multi-million sums by the European Union for misuse of grants. The Comunidad Valenciana has been hit by a 116-million-euro penalty and Andalucía for 219 million, whilst the Basque Country is set to lose 28 million euros. Although they will not have to find the money and hand it over, this will be deducted from future EU grants.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com



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Mike said:
01 March 2013 @ 11:15

Just as well, as they haven't got it!


Lifeinvejer said:
02 March 2013 @ 07:13

What a bunch of arrogant and corrupt officials in these regions. Well done the EU for once. The sums are simply staggering. It's simply not acceptable for these regions to operate in this way. They should no get any EU money for the next 5 years and they might not be so keen to miss use EU money next time


Brian said:
02 March 2013 @ 10:48

What happend to all the anti-fraud controls the EU is supposed to have in place to prortect our money ??? Remmeber the EU is a body elected by us, the people of the EU, to serve the people of the EU !


Mike Kerr said:
02 March 2013 @ 10:50

MEP's such as Margret Auken, Marta Andreasen, Roger Helmer and others have been urging the EU for several years now to hold back funding from Spain and use the money to refund property buyers who have been defrauded by Spanish banks and developers. Yes its only right that Spain should be penalised for their corrupt dealerings, but the proceeds should not be swallowed up by the EU, but returned to those to whom it rightly belongs.


bebopdebob said:
02 March 2013 @ 11:25

The Spanish will never be free from corruption, they can't help themselves, it's part of their DNA, has been for a thousand years.


Stevee said:
02 March 2013 @ 11:46

That's true , the pikey DNA runs deep but the local officials are still elected by locals , we need more choice and an eye opening campaign on the back of this.


Kenny said:
03 March 2013 @ 14:06

Wake up there at the back - all government officials are corrupt
in one way or another its just the gravity that is different, we don't need a certificate to work that out. Where ever there is money concerned you can bet there is a fiddle going on and its not until the bubble bursts that we say Wow,I can't believe it!


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