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Certainly there is fraud, but not the way the papers report it.
The European Court of Auditors, whose members include a distinguished British accountant, does an annual check on payments by the European Commission.
The error rate is low.
In 2011 on a budget of 116 billion euros (£100 billion) the error rate was under four per cent.
Virtually all errors are found in the member states were 80 per cent of payments are made.
On payments made in Brussels eg on internal administration, in 2011 there was ‘no material error.’