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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Presentation of the Court of Auditors' annual report - 2018 (debate)

  Michael Heaver (NI). – Madam President, the latest European Court of Auditors’ report shows the level of irregularities in EU budget spending rose in 2018: EUR 4.1 billion of the budget was misspent – but it’s worse than that. On page 168 you state that the transactions from the EU Commission’s climate department, which manages a budget of EUR 864 million, were not audited because we did not sample any transactions in the area of climate action in 2018. We have no audit results. On page 189, under the Global Europe Budget heading, where EUR 9.5 billion of taxpayers’ money was spent in over 150 countries across the world, you say the number of transactions audited was not sufficient to estimate the level of error.

Let me make one thing absolutely clear: I do not want my country paying another penny piece into the European Union’s coffers. Hard-line remainer cowards in my country are currently running scared of an election. Well they can run, but they can’t hide for much longer. A day of reckoning is coming in my country in the form of a general election. In that election the choice will be clear: sign up to a European treaty where we hand over billions for years to come in a transition that will go years into the 2020s, or take back control with a clean-break Brexit. The Brexit Party won the European elections in my country. That’s why we’re here, and we’re going to make our presence felt in the general election to come.

Last updated: 18 November 2019Legal notice