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Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors: A Rolling Check-List of recent findings

10-03-2017

This rolling check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) special reports, concentrating on those relevant for the 2015 EU discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the special reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions ...

This rolling check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) special reports, concentrating on those relevant for the 2015 EU discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the special reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions. It is produced by the Policy Cycle Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the Parliament's in-house research service and think-tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members, helping them to scrutinise the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes. The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of better law-making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and, more generally, in monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors: A Rolling Check-List of recent findings

14-04-2016

This rolling check-list is intended to present a comprehensive overview of the Special Reports of teh European Court of Auditors (ECA), concentrating on those relevant for the 2014 EU Discharge procedure. This document aims to relate the topics covered in the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including, notably, the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the work of specialised parliamentary committees, as well as to Members ...

This rolling check-list is intended to present a comprehensive overview of the Special Reports of teh European Court of Auditors (ECA), concentrating on those relevant for the 2014 EU Discharge procedure. This document aims to relate the topics covered in the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including, notably, the working documents of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the work of specialised parliamentary committees, as well as to Members' written and oral questions. Accordingly, it provides a tool for parliamentary committees and Members to better analyse the different stages in the policy cycle. It is produced by the Policy Cycle Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP's in-house research service and think tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members in scrutinising the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes.The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of Better Law-Making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and more generally, monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

Implementation and effects of the Third Maritime Safety Package: Ex-Post Impact Assessment

28-10-2015

Maritime safety remains high on the political agenda for the European Union, being the driving force behind the adoption of the three Maritime Safety Packages and including it as one of the main themes of the Parliament's recommendations for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2018.This study provides an analysis of the effectiveness of the measures included in the Third Maritime Safety Package. It illustrates (through simplified intervention logic tables), the extent to which the anticipated ...

Maritime safety remains high on the political agenda for the European Union, being the driving force behind the adoption of the three Maritime Safety Packages and including it as one of the main themes of the Parliament's recommendations for the EU’s maritime transport policy until 2018.This study provides an analysis of the effectiveness of the measures included in the Third Maritime Safety Package. It illustrates (through simplified intervention logic tables), the extent to which the anticipated effects have materialised and the challenges encountered during the first years of implementation.The report concludes that the majority of the anticipated short- and mid-term effects have materialised, while the assessment of the longer term effects led to a more cautious conclusion. Please click here for the full publication in PDF format

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Annex I of this Report has been prepared by Milieu Ltd., by Gijs Nolet, Lise Oulès, Valentina Mabilia and Nienke van der Burgt from Milieu Ltd at the request of the Ex-post Impact Assessment Unit of the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (DG EPRS) of the European Parliament. Feedback to the research paper has been provided by Prof. Henrik Ringbom, Prof. Eduard Somers, Jasmine Coppens and Sarah Fiona Gahlen.

Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors: A Rolling Check-List of recent findings

06-03-2015

This Rolling Check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) Special Reports, concentrating on the ones relevant for the 2013 EU Discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions ...

This Rolling Check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) Special Reports, concentrating on the ones relevant for the 2013 EU Discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions. It is produced by the Policy Performance Appraisal Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP's in-house research service and think tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members helping them to scrutinise the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes. The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of Better Law-Making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and more generally, monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

The EU External Borders Fund (EBF): European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 15/2014

02-12-2014

This Briefing provides a succinct overview of the key findings and recommendations of a recent European Court of Auditors’ Special Report – in this case, on the operation of the EU’s External Borders Fund – and also summarises the European Commission’s reaction to the report, as well as the European Parliament’s activities and position on the issue. It has been produced by the Policy Performance Appraisal Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), as part of its routine analytical ...

This Briefing provides a succinct overview of the key findings and recommendations of a recent European Court of Auditors’ Special Report – in this case, on the operation of the EU’s External Borders Fund – and also summarises the European Commission’s reaction to the report, as well as the European Parliament’s activities and position on the issue. It has been produced by the Policy Performance Appraisal Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), as part of its routine analytical work on the implementation and operation of existing EU legislation, programmes and policies in practice. The document concludes that the European Court of Auditors, the European Commission and the Member States all agree that the External Borders Fund (EBF) has fostered financial solidarity between Member States and contributed positively to external border management. However, there were strategic and operational weaknesses in the Fund's programming and implementation, both at Member State and Commission level: national programmes were lacking measurable objectives and indicators; there were weaknesses in Member States’ procurement procedures; and there were deficiencies in the monitoring and in the ex-post evaluations by the Commission and Members States. More emphasis should be given to the design of future funding programmes, which should focus on creating sustainable, measurable and visible European added value. The right balance should be achieved between accountability and excessive administrative burdens. Special attention should be given to the quality of the Commission's evaluation reports, scrutinising their objectivity and timeliness, the accuracy and reliability of data presented, and their usefulness for the design of the successor funding programmes, as these are fundamental tools within the policy cycle, which help to identify future policy challenges.

Investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office - October 2014 update

17-10-2014

This updated appraisal on investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) concludes that improving procedural guarantees of persons concerned by OLAF investigations is the way forward. However further considerations are necessary to bring clarity on the scope of OLAF’s mandate, on the best approach to secure its independence and to ensure more transparency in the conduct of OLAF investigations. This briefing is one of a new series of 'Implementation Appraisals', produced by the ...

This updated appraisal on investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) concludes that improving procedural guarantees of persons concerned by OLAF investigations is the way forward. However further considerations are necessary to bring clarity on the scope of OLAF’s mandate, on the best approach to secure its independence and to ensure more transparency in the conduct of OLAF investigations. This briefing is one of a new series of 'Implementation Appraisals', produced by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), on the operation of existing EU legislation in practice. Each briefing focuses on a specific EU body of law which is, or will shortly be, subject to amending proposals from the European Commission.  'Implementation Appraisals' are provided to assist parliamentary committees in their consideration of related Commission proposals, once tabled.

Investigations Conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF): Implementation Appraisal

15-07-2014

This briefing is one of a new series of 'Implementation Appraisals', produced by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), on the operation of existing EU legislation in practice. Each briefing focuses on a specific EU body of law which is, or will shortly be, subject to amending proposals from the European Commission, intended to update the current framework. The series is based on the Commission’s intentions, as announced in its annual Work Programme (CWP). 'Implementation Appraisals ...

This briefing is one of a new series of 'Implementation Appraisals', produced by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), on the operation of existing EU legislation in practice. Each briefing focuses on a specific EU body of law which is, or will shortly be, subject to amending proposals from the European Commission, intended to update the current framework. The series is based on the Commission’s intentions, as announced in its annual Work Programme (CWP). 'Implementation Appraisals' aim to provide a succinct overview of material publicly available on the implementation, application and effectiveness of an EU law to date - drawing on available in-puts from, inter alia, the EU institutions and advisory committees, national parliaments, and relevant external consultation and outreach exercises. They are provided to assist parliamentary committees in their consideration of related Commission proposals, once tabled.

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