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Monika Hohlmeier, CONT Committee Chair
Monika Hohlmeier, CONT Committee Chair © European Union (2022) - European Parliament

Welcome to the Committee on Budgetary Control! I am the Chair of this committee since July 2019. Together with 29 colleagues from 16 countries, we are committed to ensure an effective control of the EU budget.

Our work involves strict supervision and control of the correct, targeted use of the budget (EUR 170 billion in 2022) and holding those who spend it to account. The main responsibility for budget management lies with the European Commission. Some 80% of the money goes to the Member States, around 13% is invested around the world, and about 7% is spent on administration.

In addition, our responsibility includes overseeing the spending under the NextGenerationEU programme, a temporary instrument of an additional EUR 750 billion, that powers the recovery of the EU after the coronavirus crisis.

We do this through the annual discharge procedure, where we evaluate how the EU budget was spent. We also make proposals for improving the management of the budget and safeguarding the EU's financial interests, for example by digitalising the audit and control of EU funds to allow tracing back EU money to the final recipients.

Our work is supported by the European Court of Auditors. Our remit also covers the European Public Prosecutor's Office, and the European Anti-Fraud Office.

Sounds interesting? Have a look at this website, participate in our meetings or reach out to us!

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