Danish MPs get millions in farm subsidy

by 5m Editor
27 June 2005, at 12:00am

DENMARK - Four Danish cabinet ministers, several of its MPs and even the country&#39;s EU commissioner receive payments under the Common Agricultural Policy running into millions of pounds. In what will alarm campaigners against global poverty, Denmark&#39;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&#39;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: &#39;This crazy system beggars belief. The CAP undermines Europe&#39;s credibility.&#39; 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. <i>Source: TheGuardian</I>

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