Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil - The New York Times
Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes in Brazil - The New York Times
PAC : des millions d’euros d’aides agricoles détournés, décryptage
d’un scandale européen
« Une enquête au long cours du New York Times, publiée entre novembre et décembre 2019, est à l’origine d’une critique radicale du système européen de soutien et d’aides à l’agriculture – la « politique agricole commune » (PAC).
Conduite dans neuf pays par plusieurs journalistes, l’enquête est à
l’origine de révélations explosives, démontrant qu’une large partie de
ces aides ou subventions destinées aux agriculteurs était détournées
au profit d’oligarques des pays de l’Est.
L’enquête a également montré qu’une véritable mafia agricole
prospérait dans ces pays, grâce à un système de corruption, y compris au plus haut niveau de l’État. Cet argent de la PAC, indispensable à la survie de milliers d’agriculteurs européens, est ainsi capté par une poignée d’acteurs et ne sert ni au soutien ni au développement ou à la transition de l’agriculture européenne.
L’enquête interroge enfin les limites du système de la PAC, soulignant qu’il ne permettrait pas d’orienter les fonds vers une transition agricole durable. Les subventions, indexées sur la taille des
exploitations, favorisent l’émergence d’immenses ensembles
agro-industriels fonctionnant avec relativement peu d’emplois et selon des modes d’exploitation dits « conventionnels ».
« Par ailleurs, le système d’allocations et de subventions pousse en
lui-même à un autre effet pervers : une partie des ces aides
européennes étant payées à l’hectare, cela incite certains acteurs à
augmenter les surfaces déclarées, concentrant encore plus les
richesses dans les mains d’une poignée d’acteurs et appauvrissant
encore davantage une base importante de paysans européens. Ce
phénomène de concentration des richesses pour une infime minorité – la tactique du winner-take-all – incite encore plus à la concentration. »
– L’analyse publiée par The Conversation FR :
– L’enquête originale du NY Times :
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