On Thursday 7 February 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a briefing paper on the EU’s response to the “dieselgate” scandal.
Fifteen supreme audit institutions (SAIs) from the EU Member States and neighbouring countries have joined forces to produce a joint report on air quality. The report, published today, unfortunately shows that many countries in Europe are failing to meet air quality standards.
The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has been effective in raising finance for investments in the EU, but the amounts of investment mobilised may be overstated, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors.
Improving mobility and transport is a cornerstone of European integration, but reduced investment in transport infrastructure has held back the modernisation of the EU’s transport network, according to a new landscape review by the European Court of Auditors.
On 5 December at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Janusz Wojciechowski, the ECA Member responsible for the report, and a team of auditors will be presenting our main conclusions and recommendations on improving air quality, together with Roxana Lesovici, a representative of the European Commission’s directorate-general for environment. We believe our insights can contribute to the ongoing discussions about the shape and ambition of the future European clean air policy and show how clean air is linked to better climate change policy.
The reimbursement of value-added tax (VAT), an important cost element in EU Cohesion spending, is prone to error and does not always represent the best use of EU funds, according to a rapid case review by the European Court of Auditors. The auditors consider that public bodies should no longer be reimbursed for the VAT related to Cohesion spending in the post-2020 period.
The proposed changes of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will not be sufficient to make its investigations significantly more effective, according to an Opinion published today by the European Court of Auditors.
“The EU Directive of 2007 led to progress in assessing the risks of floods, but the planning and implementation of flood protection should now be improved, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors warn that major challenges remain in the much fuller integration of climate change, flood insurance and spatial planning into flood risk management. They are critical of weaknesses in allocating funding.”
In view of current efforts at EU level to complete the Banking Union, the heads of the 29 supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of the EU and its Member States have called on national governments and parliaments, as well as the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, to address deficiencies in the accountability and audit arrangements for EU banking supervision.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has made an important contribution to a common supervisory culture and financial stability in the insurance sector, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. But a number of significant challenges still need to be addressed by the Authority itself, by national supervisors and by legislators, say the auditors. These include more robust oversight of cross-border insurance businesses, supervision of the internal models used by insurance companies and EIOPA’s own governance.
On Thursday 8 November 2018, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on: EU Passenger Rights.
EU action to protect human health from air pollution has not delivered its expected impact, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Every year, air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and hundreds of billions of euros in health-related external costs. However, these significant human and economic costs have not yet been reflected in adequate action across the Union, warn the auditors. They add that particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ground level ozone are the air pollutants responsible for most of the early deaths and that people in urban areas are particularly exposed.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on Air Pollution on Tuesday 11 September 2018.
Opportunities exist for the European Commission to further strengthen its oversight of the way EU law is applied in the Member States, according to a new Landscape Review by the European Court of Auditors. The review looks at the Commission’s oversight activities and identifies challenges and opportunities ahead. It also points to the need for transparency, accountability and audit in applying EU law.
The European Commission’s plans to reduce EU funding for countries which show a lack of respect for the rule of law need better criteria and clearer safeguards for beneficiaries of EU programmes, according to an Opinion published today by the European Court of Auditors.