June 17, 2009
Germany fails to reveal its EU farm aid beneficiaries
The southern region of Bavaria refused to disclose the names of EU farm aid beneficiaries on the grounds that the obligation to release data violates the privacy of German farmers.
Under European law, Germany is obliged to publish the details of beneficiaries of the common agricultural policy. EU commissioner for agriculture Mariann Fisher Boel stated: “This is taxpayer’s money, so it is very important that people know where it is being spent.”
The EU’s common agricultural policy has been criticised by journalists and transparency advocacy groups concerned about the misuse of EU agricultural subsidies channelled to big multinationals and royalty rather than to regular farmers.
Top of the list of recipients in Germany is the sugar company Südzucker which received 34.4 million euros last year, followed by the poultry company Doux, diary producer Campina, chocolate maker Storck and meat company Tonnies, EUobserver reports.