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Italy guilty of 'systematic irregularities' over EU cash

Court of Justice upholds decision to cut Puglia funding

28 March, 11:17
Italy guilty of 'systematic irregularities' over EU cash (ANSA) - Brussels, March 28 - The European Court of Justice said Friday that Italy was guilty of "systematic irregularities" in the handling of EU funding, as it upheld a 2009 decision by the European Commission to cut support from its Regional Development Fund for Puglia by 80 billion euros. "The serious shortcomings showed by the Italian authorities in the management and control of the use of EU funds are such as to lead to systematic irregularities," the court said in its ruling.

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