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Next meeting of the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT)

►Thursday, 20 November from 9.00 to 12.30
 
Meeting room: JAN (József Antall) 2Q2

   
 
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Annual Report 2013 on the Protection of the EU's Financial Interests

On 17.11.2014 the Budgetary Control Committee discussed the draft report on Annual Report 2013 on the Protection of the EU's Financial Interests - Fight against fraud (Rapporteur: Georgi Pirinski - S&D).
 
During the same meeting, CONT Members also held an exchange of views with World Bank Group, United Nations and Unicef on the state of play of their respective bilateral partnerships with the EU, the instruments of the inter-institutional relationship with the EU and their transparency and accountability policies.

 
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Commitments made at the hearing of Commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva

The briefing on the commitments made at the hearing of Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the Commission, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, is now available here.

   
Presentation of the ECA Annual Report concerning the financial year 2013

On 5.11.14, President of the European Court of Auditors, Vítor Caldeira, presented the Annual Report on the implementation of the EU budget for the 2013 financial year. Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Budget and Human Resources, presented key figures in the 2013 EU final consolidated annual accounts in the presence of Manfred Kraff, Deputy Director-General of DG Budget. (Rapporteur: Ingeborg Gräßle).

   
Exchange of views with Klaus Welle - Follow-up to European Parliament Discharge 2012

On 5.11.14, the Committee on Budgetary Control held an exchange of views with the Secretary General of the European Parliament, Klaus Welle, on the follow-up of the 2012 discharge to the European Parliament. The Secretary General briefly summarised the replies and follow-up of the European Parliament administration to the various questions and requests of the 2012 discharge resolution. (Rapporteur for the 2012 Discharge: Cătălin Sorin Ivan; Rapporteur for the 2013 Discharge: Gilles Pargneux).

   
 
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CONT 05-11-2014 - 12:19  

EU accounts should measure the achievements of EU-funded projects, and not just payment errors, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs debating the European Court of Auditors (ECA) annual report on EU spending in 2013 on Wednesday. Data from member states on how they spend EU funds are too often unreliable, they added. The ECA presentation marks the start of the 2013 "discharge” exercise in which Parliament vets spending. The overall error rate in 2013 was 4.7%, slightly down on 2012.

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!
 
Regards,
Inge Gräßle