Hearing on "The Implementation of Financial Assistance from the EU Budget in Greece"
The hearing (rapporteur Jorgo CHATZIMARKAKIS) will take place on 28.5.2013 in JAN 6Q2. Speakers include the Head of the Commission Task Force, the former Greek Minister of National Economy, the Deputy Director General of DG REGIO, Director of DG EMPL, the Director General from the EIB, and the Deputy Director from Bruegel.
Latest study - The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)
The study summarises the results of a peer review of the CIP and EIP evaluation reports. The peer review was conducted in two stages: first, the general CIP evaluation and, second, a detailed review of the EIP evaluation with regard to the specific needs of SMEs and how the EIP programme has targeted these needs.
Workshop: Better Avoidance of Conflict of Interest
On 21 February 2013, at the request of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Policy Department for Budgetary Affair organized a half-day workshop on "Better avoidance of conflict of interest: EU Agencies and other Bodies moving forward".
Experts from academia, NGOs working in the field of conflict of interest in public together with practitioners were invited to exchange views and experiences on how to tackle conflict of interest in this specific field of public service.
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 the cost-effectiveness of the various forms of Community financing in the implementation of the Union's policies;
5. consideration of fraud and irregularities in the implementation of the budget of the Union, measures aiming at preventing and prosecuting such cases, and the protection of the Union's financial interests in general;
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.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the web pages of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT). This site is designed to enable the citizen to follow our work.
CONT looks at how the EU Budget is spent, how well goals are met and if the programmes are value for money and ensuring that European tax payer money is spent efficiently, effectively and according to EU law. In this context, the Committee relates closely with the Court of Auditors and suggests improvements on the basis of the Court's audit results in order to ensure sound financial management.
In addition, CONT liaises with the Union's Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to strengthen the fight against fraud and corruption in relation to the EU Budget.
The main tool CONT has at hand is the "discharge" procedure. During this procedure CONT scrutinises the implementation of the EU Budget by all actors involved, i.e. inter alia the Commission, Parliament, other institutions and Agencies.
If you are interested in how we put theory into practice, I suggest you have a look at our reports. You can also watch live broadcasts of our meetings and have a browse through the different links on this page which should give you a better idea of CONT's work.
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