Press quote (Financial Times)
06 November 2019

John Springford at the Centre for European Reform has done a handy green audit of the EU’s budget spending. For all the talk of emissions cuts, Brussels spends plenty on “dirty” sectors led by subsidies to high polluting farmers: “Between 2014 and 2020, the largest EU budget line is agricultural subsidies (37 per cent of the total budget). The farm sector is a major source of emissions, because of the methane emitted by livestock, and the impact of different farming practices on the ability of the land to sequester carbon dioxide.”