SPAIN has lost two cases at the European Court of Justice, where it had been seeking to overturn financial penalties imposed by the European Commission, which alleged that the anti-fraud checks and controls on agricultural subsidy programmes within the country were so weak, that the EU should not fully meet Spanish claims for European grants. Brussels had complained about the administration of premiums paid to sheep and goats, olive oil consumption aid and public storage of beef and other meat from cattle. In both cases, the court dismissed ...

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