In cooperation with WDR, NDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Correctiv, Der Standard, IrpiMedia, Reporter.lu, Reporters United, Expresso, Follow The Money and Gazeta Wyborcza, FragDenStaat analysed the data and published stories jointly starting on 1 December 2022 at 18:00.
You can find the stories below as soon as they get published.
FragDenStaat explains why in Germany only the big farmers benefit from this system - and the small ones dieRead story [en]
Süddeutsche Zeitung, NDR and WDR found out that several farms that have been accused and sentenced for animal abuse and still receive subsidies. Additionally, they investigated how big companies and formerly state-owned agricultural companies benefit from the current subsidy schemes.Read story [de]
Follow The Money reports for the Netherlands that it is mainly wealthy farmers and large landowners who benefit and that the subsidies do not contribute to more environmentally friendly production.Read story [en]
Der Standard has found that the attempt to redistribute the CAP payments has been watered down substantially. While the new CAP introduces a limit of 100.000€ for the area-based payments, big recipients are now allowed to put employment costs on top, potentially continuing to receive similar funding as before.Read story [de]
Correctiv shows who are among the 100 largest German recipients of public funds over the past eight years. Südzucker AG and the dairy giant FrieslandCampina, with its well-known brands such as Landliebe and Chocomel, receive tens of millions of subsidies from the EU's agricultural budget across Europe.Read story [de]
Gazeta Wyborcza' shows that a lot of money flows into the Catholic Church as well as into state and municipal institutions.Read story [pl]
More than 50 farmers who had been found guilty of animal cruelty nevertheless continued to receive agricultural subsidies from the EU in subsequent years.Read story [de]
The largest item in the EU budget, at 450 billion euros, is agricultural subsidies. Contrary to what was promised, large companies still benefit.Read story [de]
Süddeutsche Zeitung interviewed Martin Häusling, member of the Green Party at the European Parliament, about the subsidy program.Read story [de]
IRPI reports on Italy that CAP funds are mainly tapped by large aggregations of farms such as Associations of Producer Organisations (AOP, in Italian) or consortia. Larger farms in fertile areas benefit most, and this favours industrial agriculture to the detriment of smaller farms in more disadvantaged areas.Read story [it]
Reporters United found out that in Greece systemic problems have affected the subsidies distribution, while the top farm subsidies recipients have in the vast majority been public institutions, private law entities and sometimes companies, but rarely farmers. Also the Prime Minister profited from the system.Read story [gr]