EU orders fine for Austria over region's false debt data

The European Union's budget watchdog is seeking a 29.8 million-euro ($31.3 million) fine for Austria after accusing one of its regions of providing false debt data over two years.

The European Commission said Wednesday that "serious negligence of government entities of Land Salzburg led to the misrepresentation in the statistical notifications of 2012 and 2013 of Austria's deficit and debt data."

The Commission is recommending that EU member states endorse the fine for "statistical misrepresentation."

The quality of statistical data has been a problem for the EU in the past. The Commission accused Greece in 2010 of falsifying data about its public finances. The country's debt-stricken economy is being kept afloat by billions of euros in international loans and its future in the euro currency bloc is in doubt.