Nearly 40 percent of the EU’s budget ends up in farms, through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which funds tens of billions of euros in subsidies. But now, the Commission is proposing new strategies to make farming more sustainable as part of its Green New Deal. Meanwhile, budget cuts are looming large. What’s more, a recent New York Times investigation raised questions about where the money is ending up – the paper providing evidence that corrupt government officials in several member states are or have been misusing subsidies to enrich their friends, families and even themselves.
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