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AUDITORS CALL FOR REVISION OF EURO SOCIAL FUNDS

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A draft report by auditors on the European Commission's spending has identified 'irregularities' in the£60bn budge...
A draft report by auditors on the European Commission's spending has identified 'irregularities' in the £60bn budget, according to an exclusive story in The Express (p1).

The leaked draft urges a 'fundamental revision' of the budget of the European Social Funds. The auditors have ruled that a £5m anti-poverty programme has 'no legal base' because it was not approved by national governments.

Anti-poverty spending is condemned for making no 'clear definition of the objectives pursued' and no assessment of the success of most projects, many of which were pilot schemes.

The Express reports that the draft singles out more than £1m paid illegally to the European Anti-Poverty Network for providing the commission with information.
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