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Parliamentary questions
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6 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002798/2019

The Commission does not impose penalties for irregularities and/or deficiencies affecting the use of European Structural and Investment Funds, but rather applies financial corrections within the meaning of and pursuant to Articles 85, 144 and 145 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Articles 30 and 31 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 480/2014. Article 145 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 determines in what cases the financial corrections are/are not net.

The Commission regularly carries out on-the-spot audits in all Member States according to its annual audit plan. These audits in some cases identify deficiencies in the management and control system. To remedy these deficiencies, the national authorities must undertake corrective actions, which may include financial corrections. As regards the possibility of sharing information on the ongoing audit work of the Commission, no details can be made public while the contradictory procedures are open.

In Hungary, the audits of the Commission identified project selection, state aid, and public procurement related weaknesses, for which the Hungarian authorities have either taken corrective actions or are in the process of taking them. Two audits have been closed so far, one without any established financial corrections, and one with financial corrections, however the exact correction amount is not yet established. Other audits are in the contradictory phase, no further information can be released. This information is covered by the exceptions provided for by Article 4(2), 3rd indent of the regulation No 1049/2001, on the policy relating to access to documents and the information cannot be disclosed at this stage to third parties.

Last updated: 6 November 2019Legal notice