102 million of unduly spent Euros by Greece, Ireland and Slovenia will have to be reimbursed to the EU

A total of €102 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission from Greece, Ireland and Slovenia under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure. This money returns to the EU budget because of non-compliance with EU rules or inadequate control procedures on agricultural expenditure. Member States are responsible for paying out and checking expenditure under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the Commission is required to ensure that Member States have made correct use of the funds.

Official press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-2823_en.htm


Northern Ireland: About 14,000 animals killed each year in experiments

This is a number to chilling: in 2012, 14,000 animals died in experiments including 12,132 mice, 1,255 rats, 69 rabbits, 6 cats, 12 dogs and 7 horses. This has been revealed by the British Union Against Vivisection (BUAV) 

More information on http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/14000-animals-killed-for-university-research-at-queens-and-university-of-ulster-29994676.html and http://www.u.tv/News/14000-animals-killed-at-NI-universities/8ae85b00-3d78-4ebb-b8ef-328f24d5c8ce


Sow Stalls : Start of Infringement Procedures against 9 Member States


Brussels, 21 I 2013


On February 21 2013, during the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Commissioner Tonio Borg (DG SANCO) announced that EU Commission has started infringement procedures against 9 non-compliant States with the sow stall ban set up by Council Directive 2008/120/EC of 18 December 2008 laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs


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New EU Presidency: Welcome to the Irish Presidency!

On 1 January 2013, Ireland took over the presidency of the European Union’s Council of Ministers for the seventh time since it joined the European Union 40 years ago. It is the first presidency of a trio with Lithuania (second half 2013) and Greece (first half 2014). For the next 18 months, the trio will set the European agenda.


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