Danish MPs get millions in farm subsidy

DENMARK - Four Danish cabinet ministers, several of its MPs and even the country's EU commissioner receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy running into millions of pounds.

In what will alarm campaigners against global poverty, Denmark's international development minister, Ulla Tornaes - who is meant to be fighting for fair trade for developing countries - receives £43,370 from the CAP, which locks out producers from poorer nations. Tornaes owns a pig farm in Poland.

Denmark's EU commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, receives £34,670 for farmland that she and her family own.

Steve Tibbett, head of campaigns at Action Aid, said: 'This crazy system beggars belief. The CAP undermines Europe's credibility.'

There now seems to be an unstoppable wave of support growing around Europe for full disclosure of who receives the bulk of the £30 billion CAP payout.

Source: TheGuardian
calendar icon 27 June 2005
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