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Parliamentary questions
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8 February 2019
E-000762-19
Question for written answer E-000762-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Irregularities in the management of EU funds by NGOs — the European Court of Auditors' report
 Answer in writing 

On 18 December 2018, the European Court of Auditors published its Special Report No 35/2018 ‘Transparency of EU funds implemented by NGOs: more effort needed’. In its audits, the Court found that the Commission’s management of the EU funds given to NGOs to implement various EU programmes was lacking in transparency. The Commission’s methods were reportedly unreliable because the assignment of NGO status to an organisation was based on self-declaration; in addition, shortcomings were found in the Commission’s system for collecting and checking information on the EU funds used by NGOs. This inefficient management makes it impossible to actually check the EU funding spent. The Court has estimated that over the period 2014-2017, the Commission allocated EUR 11.3 billion to programmes run by NGOs.

In the light of the above, and taking note of the lack of information on how the EU funds have been spent by these NGOs, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. How does it justify this situation?
2. How does it intend to remedy this unacceptable management, in order to ensure there is genuine transparency regarding information and funds relating to the NGOs working with the Commission?
Original language of question: IT 
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