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Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

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

  Nedzhmi Ali (ALDE). – Mr President, the budget, as the annual financial framework of revenues and spending, is of significant importance for the implementation of the EU’s policies. In this regard, the European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) general conclusion that the revenue and payments for 2016 were legal and regular, with some exceptions for the payments, is good news. The estimated level of errors in the payments made from the EU budget for the last three years shows a clear trend of steady decrease from 4.4% to 3.1%.

The bulk of the errors are concentrated within the areas of economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as in the competitiveness for growth and jobs. We should underline that, in the ECA’s report, there is an early warning on a number of issues that we should be careful about. The challenges are mainly related to budgetary and financial management. Delayed implementation of the programmes could create, at the end of the current programming period, a huge backlog of outstanding payments.

We need a budget that provides more flexibility to respond to unforeseen events, such as financial problems, disasters and refugee crisis. We should continue our efforts towards a budget focused on results, in order to achieve maximum effectiveness of spending the EU’s financial resources.

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