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MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers

Plenary Session Budgetary control14-02-2017 - 12:52

An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urges Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs deplore the Commission’s failure, so far, to deliver any legislative proposals to establish a minimum level of protection for whistle-blowers who help protect the EU budget against fraud (Read more: MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers )

 

An “effective and comprehensive European whistle-blower protection programme” should be proposed “immediately” by the EU Commission, urged the Budgetary Control Committee on Monday. (Read more: Budgetary Control Committee MEPs call for EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers )

 

Court of Auditors: MEPs endorse Juhan Parts as member for Estonia

Plenary Session Budgetary control14-12-2016 - 12:55

The appointment of former Estonian Prime Minister Juhan Parts as a member of the European Court of Auditors was endorsed by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Mr Parts, who has a degree in Law from the University of Tartu, was Auditor General of Estonia from 1998 to 2002 and Prime Minister from 2003-2005. He has also been Minister of Economy and Communications. (Read more: Court of Auditors: MEPs endorse Juhan Parts as member for Estonia )

 

Parliament votes down Maltese nominee to the European Court of Auditors

Plenary Session Budgetary control13-09-2016 - 12:53

Parliament rejected Malta’s nominee for the European Court of Auditors, Mr Leo Brincat, in a plenary vote on Tuesday. Mr Brincat had been approved by the Budgetary Control Committee in a close vote on 5 September. But Parliament did back Portugal’s nominee, Mr João Figueiredo, and the renewal of the mandate of Cypriot member, Mr Lazaros S. Lazarou, based on the committee’s recommendations. The final decision on the appointments to the Luxembourg body will be taken by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament votes down Maltese nominee to the European Court of Auditors )

 

Parliament backs Lithuanian candidate member of the Court of Auditors

Plenary Session Budgetary control07-06-2016 - 13:02

Parliament approved the nomination of Rimantas Šadžius, Lithuania’s candidate member of the European Court of Auditors, on Tuesday by 498 votes to 120, with 53 abstentions. Mr Šadžius’ candidature was endorsed by the Budgetary Control Committee on 23 May. The final decision on this appointment will be taken by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament backs Lithuanian candidate member of the Court of Auditors )

 

EU budget management: Commission spending for 2014 approved

Plenary Session Budgetary control28-04-2016 - 13:31

The European Commission managed its 2014 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament granted it a “discharge” approval for that year, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2014 was also approved. However, Parliament postponed approving spending by three joint private sector-EU partnerships in technology field, the Council of Ministers and the European Council. (Read more: EU budget management: Commission spending for 2014 approved )

 

Discharge procedure: how Parliament scrutinises the EU budget

Plenary Session Budgetary control26-04-2016 - 10:51
The Parliament is set to debate and vote on the discharge of the 2013 annual budget on the 28 and 29 April plenary.  

MEPs scrutinise how money has been spent by the European Commission and the other EU institutions and agencies in a procedure known as discharge. Over the years, the procedure has become a very important tool to check how public funds have been spent and EU projects carried out. The European Parliament has the exclusive right to approve the budget implementation of the EU institutions. On 27 April MEPs debate the discharge of the 2014 annual budget and vote on it the following day. (Read more: Discharge procedure: how Parliament scrutinises the EU budget )

 

Parliament backs four out of five nominees to the European Court of Auditors

Plenary Session Budgetary control13-04-2016 - 13:09

Parliament approved nominations to the European Court of Auditors from Slovenia, Latvia, Czech Republic and Slovakia, but rejected that from Poland, in plenary votes on Wednesday, on the basis of Budgetary Control Committee recommendations. The Maltese nominee, Anthony Abela, had previously withdrawn his candidature in response to the committee’s negative opinion. The final decision on appointments to the Luxembourg body will be taken by the EU Council of Ministers. (Read more: Parliament backs four out of five nominees to the European Court of Auditors )

 

The European Commission managed its 2014 EU budget funds according to the rules, so Parliament should grant it a 'discharge' (i.e. approval), for that year, the Budgetary Control Committee said on Thursday. Parliament’s own management of EU funds in 2014 was also approved, in a separate vote. (Read more: EU budget management: Commission and Parliament spending for 2014 approved )

 

Three joint private sector-EU technology projects must do better justifying their use of EU funds in 2014 before the European Parliament approves their accounts, said Budgetary Control Committee MEPs on Tuesday. Parliament should also postpone granting “discharge”, that is, approving the spending of the Council of Ministers and the European Council (EU leaders) for the same year, the committee recommended to the full House. (Read more: EU budget management: ARTEMIS, ENIAC and ITER projects fail 2014 discharge test )