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Swedish Farmers Miss Out on EU Cash

191 million US Dollars worth of EU money meant for Sweden's farmers have been left untouched because the farmers haven't applied for the cash, according to Swedish Radio News.

The money is to be used "to keep the countryside alive" and other environmental projects, but a combination of bureaucracy and disinterest means that half of the almost 400 million dollars is still in the bank.

The project started 3 years ago, and Sweden's Board of Agriculture says it has taken time for it to get going, with studies needed to ascertain which fields could be eligible for the cash. Some farmers also said the small payments involved didn't make it worth the hassle to file an application.

Andreas Mattisson from the Borad of Agriculture says he hopes changes in routines and higher payments will mean the funds get used.