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Informations pratiques

The Discharge Procedure

The discharge is a Parliament decision that reflects its conclusions at the end of a process, the discharge procedure, on the way the Commission (and other institutions and bodies) has carried out its task of implementation of EU budget.

This process of parliamentary scrutiny of the Commission's implementation of the budget is aimed at ensuring compliance with the relevant legal and regulatory framework requirements, and use in accordance the principle of sound financial management, namely in accordance with the principles of "economy", "efficiency" and "effectiveness".

When taking its decision on discharge, Parliament also adopts a resolution, which contains its comments in respect of the implementation of the budget. These comments may require changes to the procedures and practice of the Commission or seek improvements in the way it administers Union policies.

Read more about the discharge procedure on the links below.