Ten rural development projects will not receive HRK 316 million from EU funds because they have been found to contain "artificially created conditions" with the intention of obtaining larger grants, Agriculture Minister Davor Romic and the director of the Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and and Rural Development, Ivan Macanic, said on Monday.
This refers to eight projects for support from the EU SAPARD Programme - 4.1.1. "Investment in Agricultural Holdings" and two from the measure, "Improving the Processing and Marketing of Agricultural and Fisheries Products."
"The agency will issue its decision to reject grants for those projects because of suspicion of 'artificially created conditions' with the intent to obtain more points or a greater amount of financial support," Macanic said without naming the companies involved.
He said that the total amount of grants requested for these projects was HRK 316 million.
Asked by reporters what will happen to those companies that provided false information, Macanic said that they had the right to an objection which will be considered by an appeals commission until a final decision is made.
"All the projects that were submitted in keeping with the set requirements will receive the amount of support from EU funds that they applied for," Romic said, adding that each invoice paid from those funds would be subject to controls.