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European Commission

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Jonathan Scheele, Head of Representation for the European Commission in London, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which, in his view, misrepresented the circumstances surrounding fines that had been issued to a number of EU funded projects in the UK.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter:

The UK has not been fined £150 million for failing to ‘fly the EU flag' on projects co-funded by the European Union. The Commission has not requested any repayment from the UK on this basis. In fact, the UK is responsible for managing these funds and has detected these and other irregularities itself. It is able to re-direct all or some of the money to other eligible projects rather than having to reimburse the European Union.

Jonathan Scheele
Head of Representation

Date Published: 08/10/2010

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