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The CONT Committee decided to submit an opinion on strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU institutions by setting up an independent EU ethics body. The Committee on Budgetary Control calls on the Committee of Constitutional Affairs, as the committee responsible, to incorporate it's suggestions into its motion for a resolution. The opinion will be considered by the CONT committee on 25.01.2020.

Anti-Fraud Workshop

The Commission published a proposal for a new Regulation establishing the EU Anti-Fraud Programme on 30 May 2018 as part of the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

Subcommittee on Tax Matters

The new 2019 discharge cycle is well underway and on schedule. Back in October 2020, CONT Coordinators approved a revised timetable for the 2019 discharge cycle. Plenary votes on all discharge files are scheduled for week 17 (26-29 April 2021) in Strasbourg. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ECA delayed the publication of its annual report to 10 November 2020 but managed to present it to the CONT committee that same day.

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The Committees on Budgets (BUDG) and Budgetary Control (CONT) have been jointly responsible for the legislative procedure: Protection of the Union's budget in case of generalized deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States. The Committees decided to enter into early second reading negotiations on 12 November 2019 and the mandate for inter-institutional negotiation was announced in plenary on 13 November 2019.

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The European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was set to assume its investigative and prosecutorial tasks as of November 2020. It became therefore necessary to render the OLAF and EPPO Regulations compatible. Against this backdrop, the Commission adopted the proposal amending Regulation 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) as regards cooperation with the EPPO and the effectiveness of OLAF investigations.

Hahn Johannes Commissioner for budget

On 28.10.2020, the CONT Committee held a discharge hearing with the EU Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources, Johannes Hahn. Commissioner Hahn presented the Commission's Integrated Financial and Accountability Reporting package for 2019. The package provides information on the implementation, performance, results, financial management and protection of the EU budget.

A parliamentary special committee is calling for more to be done to tackle financial crimes, tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. Recommendations include better cooperation between member states, a further push to close loopholes and the establishment of new institutions to oversee the enforcement of tax rules.

At the CONT meeting of 28 October 2020, Commissioner Hahn presented the 31st annual report 2019 from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (under Article 325 of the TFEU) on the Protection of the European Union's financial interests (COM(2020)0363).

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the economic outlook for the years to come in the Union. The short-term impact in each Member State will depend on the duration and severity of the lockdown measures, the composition of output and the economic policy measures taken to cushion the immediate impact of the crisis. The risk of a distortion of the level playing field of the Single Market can lead to increasing economic divergences in the EU in the absence of decisive policy action.

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