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Eu Programmes (Fraud)

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much fraud has been detected in EU programmes and initiatives in the UK in each year since 1997. [121162]

The European Commission does not identify amounts of established fraud against the Community budget. The UK, along with all member states, reports all detected irregularities (which include fraud) to the Commission. Details of the amounts reported can be found in the Commission's annual "Fight against Fraud" reports. The most recent "Fight Against Fraud" report was published in July 2002 and can be accessed from the European Union's website http://europa.eu.int.