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Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Presentation of the Court of Auditors' annual report - 2016 (debate)

  Richard Ashworth (ECR). – Mr President, I thank Klaus-Heiner Lehne and his team for their report and I am delighted to note that this is the first audit to receive a qualified positive opinion since the system began in 1994. This is welcome, but there is always room for improvement, and I note the continuing weakness in the areas of joint management.

In public finance it is important to strike the right balance between rigorous checks and controls and, on the other hand, ensuring public funding is readily available. So for that reason, controls need to be proportionate rather than a barrier to entry. This is taxpayers’ money, and it is our duty to ensure that it is spent in a manner that is both beneficial and fully compliant.

This is a most encouraging report and I urge the Commission to ensure that they continue the steady improvement that we have seen over recent years.

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