CAP fraud

State demands 52 million from Dutch producers organisation

The Dutch state is demanding more than 52 million euro from the Dutch bankrupt producer organization FresQ, according to an update of the bankruptcy report. That amount includes the 48 million euro in subsidies that were unjustly received, and about which FresQ lost an appeal case at the Board of Appeal earlier this year. The FresQ producer organization was dissolved on 1 January 2014.

In April 2017, the CBb decided that the CAP withdrawal of recognition of grower’s association FresQ was justified. However, that doesn’t mean the case is closed, because funding have to be paid back based on that verdict. At least, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs that granted the subsidies.

The claim by the Dutch state has been placed on the list of provisionally acknowledged (unsecured) claims by the bankruptcy trustee. Earlier it was already announced that the Dutch state reclaimed a hefty amount of money. In 2016, for example, 48 million euro were already being indicated.

Furthermore, the updated bankruptcy report shows that the bankruptcy trustee is considering winding up subsidiaries. This after a proposal from the liquidators of FresQ. Only the companies that still have real estate, such as FresQ Poortcamp B.V., would then still be maintained.

Finally, the bankruptcy trustee states in the report that his investigation into the cause and background of the bankruptcy is 'in a final phase'.

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