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Next meeting of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)

►Wednesday, 5 November from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.30
►Thursday, 6 November from 9.00 to 12.30
Meeting room: PHS (Paul-Henri Spaak) P1A002
The agenda and the meeting documents will be available via the links below.

Discharge 2013: EU general budget - European Commission

On 16.10.2014 CONT held an exchange of views on the 2013 Discharge to the European Commission with the Member of the European Commission responsible for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algirdas Šemeta, the Commission's Internal Auditor, Philippe Taverne and the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible, Lazaros Lazarou.
A second exchange of views with Commissioner Šemeta on the establishment of a Controller for procedural guarantees and the future of the OLAF Supervisory Committee followed.
Rapporteur for the 2013 Discharge: Ingeborg Gräßle (EPP).

Tobacco Agreements

On 7.10.2014 CONT held an exchange of views on Tobacco Agreements with the Member of the European Commission responsible for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algirdas Šemeta.
The Agreements with the main tobacco manufacturers aim at ensuring that cigarettes are sold, distributed, stored and shipped in such a way as to minimise the risk of cigarettes finding their way into illicit channels.

Hearing of Vice-President designate, Ms Kristalina Georgieva

On 2.10.2014 CONT, BUDG and JURI held a Joint Hearing of the Vice-President designate for Budget and Human Resources, Ms Kristalina Georgieva.
The hearing began with an opening statement of the Commissioner-designate outlining the main priorities in her prospective portfolio and the initiatives she considered putting forward during her mandate. Following her introductory remarks, Ms Georgieva replied to questions from Members of the three Committees. Following the hearing, Coordinators met to evaluate the Commissioner-designate. Recordings of the hearing are available via the link below.

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CONT 23-09-2014 - 09:37  

Parliament should not sign off spending by the European Council and the Council of Ministers for 2012, due to their repeated failure to co-operate with its efforts to check the accounts, the Budgetary Control Committee unanimously advised on Tuesday. But it should clear spending by the Riga-based Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), whose budget management, procurement and recruitment shortcomings, highlighted in April 2014, have now been corrected, it adds.

Committee description
Committee responsible for:
1.    the control of the implementation of the budget of the Union and of the European Development Fund, and the decisions on discharge to be taken by Parliament, including the internal discharge procedure and all other measures accompanying or implementing such decisions;
2.    the closure, presenting and auditing of the accounts and balance sheets of the Union, its institutions and any bodies financed by it, including the establishment of appropriations to be carried over and the settling of balances;
3.    the control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank;
4.    monitoring of the cost-effectiveness of the various forms of Union financing in the implementation of the Union’s policies, involving, upon the Committee on Budgetary Control’s request, the specialised committees and acting, upon the Committee on Budgetary Control’s request, in cooperation with the specialised committees for the examination of special reports of the Court of Auditors;
5.    relations with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), consideration of fraud and irregularities in the implementation of the budget of the Union, measures aimed at preventing and prosecuting such cases, the strict protection of the Union’s financial interests and the relevant actions by the European Public Prosecutor in this field;
6.    relations with the Court of Auditors, the appointment of its members and consideration of its reports;
7.    the Financial Regulation as far as the implementation, management and control of the budget are concerned.
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Welcome to budgetary control at the European Parliament! I am the Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control and one of the 30 MEPs from 17 EU Member States making up the committee in this parliamentary term. Parliamentʼs committees meet once or twice a month as a rule.
We check how money from the EU budget (approximately EUR 130 billion per year) has been spent. The greater part of the budget is managed by the European Commission which spends 80 % in the Member States and around 13 % elsewhere in the world. Administrative costs account for the remaining 7 %. We examine whether or not funds have been used correctly and policy goals achieved. Or to put it another way – are the public in the EU really getting added value for their money?
The Committee on Budgetary Control also reports on the European Anti-Fraud Office and the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. We are, furthermore, involved in cross-cutting aspects of EU legislation.
We value the support we receive from the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and its reports provide an important basis for our work.
Financial management is like a litmus test — if it does not work properly, neither do lots of other important things.
You can find further information on our website. Interested? Then get in touch!
Inge Gräßle