Report on EU funds in Denmark in 2013


Report no. 26/2013

The report concerns the audit of EU funds in Denmark in 2013, i.e. the audit of revenue received from the EU and contributions made to the EU. 

The report and audit opinion have been issued to clarify Rigsrevisionen’s overall assessment of the administration of EU funds in Denmark.  

In this report, Rigsrevisionen has focused on examining and assessing the effort made by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries to minimise the risk of future financial corrections concerning area control being imposed on Denmark by the Commission. In the period 2002-2013, the European Commission imposed financial corrections on Denmark due to weaknesses in the control of area-based payments detected during the Commission’s inspections in Denmark. The largest correction of EUR 101 million – concerning hectare aid – was imposed in 2009. 

The purpose of the examination is to map and assess the effort made by the Ministry of Food to minimise the risk of corrections. The report addresses the following issues:  

  • What is the background for and the process followed by the Commission when financial corrections are charged to Denmark in relation to the Single Payment Scheme? 
  • Are the Danish controls underpinning payments under the Single Payment Scheme and are they contributing to ensuring that payments are made on a correct basis?
  • Has the Ministry of Food taken appropriate steps to minimise the risk of financial corrections?  

Rigsrevisionen initiated the report, which is part of the annual audit of EU funds in Denmark.

Read the 1st chapter of the report (PDF)