Agricultural subsidies everywhere are generally misguided. In the EU, the CAP is so far beyond ridicule, that it’s mawkish to even mention them to anyone with a weak stomach.
Other curious beneficiaries include a Swedish accordion club that won €59,585 from the EU farming programme; a Danish billiards club with €31,515; an Estonian school almuni society on €44,884; a Dutch ice-skating club with €162,444; a Dutch amateur football club on €354,567; and the Netherland's Schiphol Airport with €98,864.I do not believe the funds were intended for the composting of those accordions either. There is, however, a kind of social Nomenclatura style access in these kind of things.
Galina Dimitrova Peicheva-Miteva, the 27-year-old daughter of Dimitar Peichev, Bulgaria's deputy agriculture minister until July 2009, who was responsible for handling EU funds, got €700,000 from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) last year, according to the Danish and British-based pro-transparency NGO Farmsubsidy.org.Elsewhere in the bucolic idyll of duhistan:
Commenting on the grant for Ms Peicheva-Miteva in Bulgaria, an EU commission official said: "That would be a case for the Bulgarian authorities to look at, or, at a push, [EU anti-fraud agency] Olaf. If she's got a load of land, there may be nothing wrong with it. But it's more a problem of potential conflict of interest for [her father] the junior minister."You don’t say!?
Галина Димитрова Пейчева-Митева,
Resplendent in shit-kickers and charming traditional farm regalia