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2017 report on protection of the EU's financial interests – Fight against fraud

28-01-2019

In September 2018, the European Commission published its annual report on the fight against fraud affecting EU financial interests in 2017. The total value of the 15 213 irregularities reported in 2017 amounted to €2.58 billion, a decrease of 8.6 % in comparison to 2016. However, the value of the reported fraudulent irregularities amounted to €467 million, representing an increase of 19.4 % in comparison to 2016.

In September 2018, the European Commission published its annual report on the fight against fraud affecting EU financial interests in 2017. The total value of the 15 213 irregularities reported in 2017 amounted to €2.58 billion, a decrease of 8.6 % in comparison to 2016. However, the value of the reported fraudulent irregularities amounted to €467 million, representing an increase of 19.4 % in comparison to 2016.

The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Unity of EU budget

15-11-2017

The traditional issues of European budgetary negotiations are the size of the budget, the distribution of funds and the system of own resources. Under difficult circumstances, the negotiations on the new MFF post-2020 will start in 2018 and should be concluded by the end of 2019 or no later than the beginning of 2020. The unity of the EU budget is a cornerstone of European budgetary policy. However, a complete unity of all revenue and expenditure, and all financial instruments has not yet been achieved ...

The traditional issues of European budgetary negotiations are the size of the budget, the distribution of funds and the system of own resources. Under difficult circumstances, the negotiations on the new MFF post-2020 will start in 2018 and should be concluded by the end of 2019 or no later than the beginning of 2020. The unity of the EU budget is a cornerstone of European budgetary policy. However, a complete unity of all revenue and expenditure, and all financial instruments has not yet been achieved. Today the budgetary system is characterised by differentiation, fragmentation and increased use of ‘satellite’ instruments, and debates on additional financial instruments, like a budget for the Eurozone. The question of how to integrate these instruments into the Union’s budget system and thus guaranteeing democratic scrutiny, should be an additional issue of the negotiations on the MFF post-2020.

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Dr. Peter Becker

Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights - October 2017

02-10-2017

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

Democratic accountability of Council's budget - Council executive powers

21-06-2017

This in-depth analysis introduces the challenges that have been faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analyses the institutional and legal constraints, and it makes a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

This in-depth analysis introduces the challenges that have been faced in delivering a discharge of the Council’s budget over the last decade, with particular regard to the Council’s executive activities. It analyses the institutional and legal constraints, and it makes a number of recommendations for how to achieve more accountability regarding the Council’s budget and executive expenditure without resorting to treaty reform.

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CEPS: Dr Giacomo Benedetto (Jean Monnet Chair, Royal Holloway, University of London) ; Dr David Rinaldi (Research Fellow, CEPS & Maîtres de conférences, ULB 0Institute for European Studies) ; Dr Hartmut Aden (Professor, Berlin School of Economics and Law)

Workshop Documentation on Budgetary Control of NGOs’ Financing from the EU Budget

15-02-2017

In the context of an own-initiative rapport (rapporteur: Markus Pieper, EPP), the CONT Committee decided last year to contract a study on “Democratic accountability and budgetary control of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) funded by the EU budget” to experts from the consultancy Blomeyer&Sanz. The study was presented in a pre-release version last November. It identified difficulties in terms of data availability and transparency, stemming from the fragmentation of European Commission’s systems ...

In the context of an own-initiative rapport (rapporteur: Markus Pieper, EPP), the CONT Committee decided last year to contract a study on “Democratic accountability and budgetary control of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) funded by the EU budget” to experts from the consultancy Blomeyer&Sanz. The study was presented in a pre-release version last November. It identified difficulties in terms of data availability and transparency, stemming from the fragmentation of European Commission’s systems. It also concluded that the existence of multiple, complex, overlapping NGOs networks pose significant challenges to accountability and transparency, as does the emergence of new and innovative funding mechanisms that do not involve large institutional donors. The workshop followed on the findings of the study and aimed at providing the CONT Committee with views of NGOs, in presence of European Commission’s and Court of Auditors’ representatives. The authors of the study, now finalised and updated with feedback received, were also present to comment. Considering the limited timing, the workshop focused on the examples of development policy, and environment policy (LIFE programme). This document can not constitute an authentic record of proceedings. The workshop was public and live webstreamed. The video record can be found under the following link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20170206-1600-COMMITTEE-CONT

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Roderick Ackermann, Victoria Gil Casado, Thomas Heckeberg, Seamus Jeffreson, Elsa Perreau, Kathrin Schick, Christian Strasser, Jean-Louis Ville, Jeremy Wates, Dennis Wernerus

Democratic Accountability and Budgetary Control of Non-Governmental Organisations Funded by the EU Budget

30-01-2017

This study follows up on a 2010 European Parliament study, ‘Financing of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) from the EU budget’. Difficulties identified in that study relating to fragmented European Commission systems still exist today. This constrains policy analysis and transparency and accountability. The existence of multiple, complex, overlapping NGO networks presents significant challenges to accountability and transparency, as does the emergence of new and innovative funding mechanisms that ...

This study follows up on a 2010 European Parliament study, ‘Financing of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) from the EU budget’. Difficulties identified in that study relating to fragmented European Commission systems still exist today. This constrains policy analysis and transparency and accountability. The existence of multiple, complex, overlapping NGO networks presents significant challenges to accountability and transparency, as does the emergence of new and innovative funding mechanisms that do not involve large institutional donors.

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Roderick Ackermann, Elsa Perreau and Malin Carlberg (Blomeyer & Sanz Ltd.)

Annual report of the European Court of Auditors

18-11-2015

On 26 November, the Court of Auditors' (ECA) annual report concerning 2014 is due to be presented to the plenary. The report is an important element in the annual discharge procedure, and as in recent years, the Court has signed off the EU's accounts for 2014.

On 26 November, the Court of Auditors' (ECA) annual report concerning 2014 is due to be presented to the plenary. The report is an important element in the annual discharge procedure, and as in recent years, the Court has signed off the EU's accounts for 2014.

Special Reports of the European Court of Auditors: A Rolling Check-List of recent findings

06-03-2015

This Rolling Check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) Special Reports, concentrating on the ones relevant for the 2013 EU Discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions ...

This Rolling Check-list presents a comprehensive overview of the European Court of Auditors' (ECA) Special Reports, concentrating on the ones relevant for the 2013 EU Discharge procedure. The document seeks to link the topics discussed by the Special Reports to the relevant debates and positions within the European Parliament, including notably the working documents of the Budgetary Control Committee, to the work of the various specialised parliamentary committees, and to individual Members' questions. It is produced by the Policy Performance Appraisal Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the EP's in-house research service and think tank, as part of its on-going support for parliamentary committees and individual Members helping them to scrutinise the executive in its implementation of EU law, policies and programmes. The European Parliament is strongly committed to the concept of Better Law-Making, and particularly to the effective use of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post evaluation throughout the whole legislative cycle. It is in this spirit that the Parliament has a particular interest in following the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU law, and more generally, monitoring the impact, operation, effectiveness and delivery of policy and programmes in practice.

2013 report on protection of the European Union's financial interests – fight against fraud

02-03-2015

European Union Member States reported established or suspected fraud against the EU budget worth €309.1 million in 2013. While the financial impact is down from €392.6 million in 2012, the number of cases has increased.

European Union Member States reported established or suspected fraud against the EU budget worth €309.1 million in 2013. While the financial impact is down from €392.6 million in 2012, the number of cases has increased.

Annual revision of national contributions to the EU budget

20-11-2014

The annual adjustment of the financing of the EU budget is now in the spotlight. In 2013, around three quarters of the total revenue (€149.5 billion) came from a resource linked to the gross national income (GNI) of EU countries. A resource based on value added tax (VAT) provides another 10% of total revenue. These two resources, together with a series of correction mechanisms, represent the national contributions to the EU budget. Since both resources are linked to statistical aggregates, their ...

The annual adjustment of the financing of the EU budget is now in the spotlight. In 2013, around three quarters of the total revenue (€149.5 billion) came from a resource linked to the gross national income (GNI) of EU countries. A resource based on value added tax (VAT) provides another 10% of total revenue. These two resources, together with a series of correction mechanisms, represent the national contributions to the EU budget. Since both resources are linked to statistical aggregates, their calculation takes into account estimates and final data, and needs to be regularly updated. A system of checks and controls is in place, which includes aspects of peer review among Member States through specific committees. The European Court of Auditors says that the management of revenue is not affected by material errors (estimated error rate is 0%), but has made recommendations relating to the GNI resource. Each October, GNI and VAT contributions are updated on the basis of revised statistical bases. Coupled with an amending budget, this revision does not result in extra funds for the EU budget, but in a redistribution of burden sharing among Member States. Relevant adjustments must be credited and debited at the beginning of December. This year's revision, which reflects efforts to resolve longstanding reservations on some GNI data, resulted in larger adjustments than usual. On the Council's request, the Commission has put forward a proposal to allow Member States to postpone relevant payments until 1 September of the following year if specific conditions are met. The EP, which has little say in the own resources system, has long pushed for its reform, criticising among other things its complexity and the predominant role the GNI resource has gained over time. A high-level group is carrying out a general review of the system, which could pave the way to reform proposals.

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