► Monday, 13 April 2015 from 15.00 to 18.30
► Tuesday, 14 April 2015 from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 18.30
Meeting room ASP (Altiero Spinelli) 1G-3.
On 24.03.2015, the Members of the Budgetary Control Committee held an exchange of views on "Protecting the EU financial interests: towards performance-based controls of Common agricultural policy", in the presence of Commissioner Hogan (Agriculture & Rural Development), the Member of the European Court of Auditors Kersti Kaljulaid, the Vice-President of the board of the Finish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners Markus Eerola and a representative of the COPA-COGECA.
The European Commission managed its 2013 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament should grant it a “discharge” (approval) for that year, said the Budgetary Control Committee on Tuesday. MEPs nonetheless criticised high administrative error rates in agriculture, regional and employment policy spending, which is managed mainly by EU member states. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2013 was also approved, in a separate vote. (Read more)
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and four EU/private new-technology partnerships must do more to show that their EU funds for 2013 were well spent before the European Parliament approves their accounts, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Monday. (Read more)
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.
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