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CAP payments to be published again after privacy case

German farmers had taken a successful case to the European Court of Justice in 2008 arguing that publishing the information was a data protection breach.

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FULL DETAILS OF payments made under the Common Agricultural Policy to farmers and agri-busineses are set to be published again after being suspended over privacy concerns.

The names and addresses of recipients, the amount they receive, and a full breakdown of payments will all be made public on a specifically-designed website for each EU country.

However farmers who receive below a certain minimum amount will not have their details published.

The payments had been made public before but German farmers took a successful case to the European Court of Justice in 2008 arguing that it constituted a breach of data protection.

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast said the move will show precisely where tax-payer money is going.

Prendergast said the previously published figures had shown a huge proportion of the money was going to a small number of recipients. She added:

It was also shown that aristocrats across Europe, including the British royal family, were receiving outlandish payments because of their large inherited estates.

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