Spain does not really care about threats to withold money as they know that the EU Parliament is useless and no pasa nada. Spain has been lying and cheating to obtain funds since joining. I know I worked with the old ESF funds.
Romania, Bulgaria, Greece do just the same. They are happy to get the money from the “Brussels ignorants”…
Not last year. Bulgaria was repeatedly warned by the EU regarding their rampant corruption & unpunished crime. Their EU ‘trough’ was well & truly frozen – to the tune of 500m Euros.
But the Balkan corruption really is much bigger than anything one can imagine.
The Turks have created a region of top class corruption over there…