Keith Nuthall
Spain has been ordered to repay 21 million euros (about pounds 13.6

million) of EU aid in respect of "serious deficiencies in the

administration and control of the aid for flax and hemp production."

Omissions by the Spanish authorities "led to an exceptionally high risk

for the EU budget," said farm Commissioner Franz Fischler. The case is

separate from a 117 million euros correction for generalised fraud in the

flax sector between 1999 and 2000 announced last October.

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