Archive | Source: European Court of Auditors

Event: European Court of Auditors conference: E-commerce: taxation challenges in the digital age (Luxembourg, 3 October 2018)

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Press Release: Air pollution: EU citizens’ health still not sufficiently protected, warn Auditors

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.

Press Release: European Commission oversight of Member States’ application of EU Law to be strengthened, say Auditors

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.

Press Release: Plans to link EU funding to rule of law are welcome but need better criteria and more safeguards, say Auditors

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.

Press Release: New EU Budget – increased flexibility welcomed but greater emphasis on value added still needed

The European Commission’s proposed EU Budget for the period from 2021 to 2027 still needs a greater emphasis on value added, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors welcome the increased flexibility of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to deal with unforeseen events. However, they warn that changes in priorities among spending areas are not clearly explained in the proposal or supported by the published results of the Commission’s assessment of EU spending programmes’ value added.

Special report n° 19/2018: A European high-speed rail network: not a reality but an ineffective patchwork

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Report on the annual accounts of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators for the financial year 2017

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Background paper: Desertification in the EU

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Press Release: Need for better interinstitutional cooperation on reviewing laws

The European Commission’s system of reviewing laws compares well overall with its equivalents in the Member States, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. High-quality ex-post reviews are critical to the quality of legislation, say the auditors. However, they identify a number of weaknesses, mostly relating to the lack of common interinstitutional definitions regarding review clauses, the unclear treatment of certain kinds of review and the lack of clarity of the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme.

Press Release: Progress made, but take-up of ultra-fast broadband still significantly behind target

Although broadband coverage has generally been improving across the EU, not all targets set for 2020 will be met, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The EU’s goal of ensuring that half of European households have ultra-fast broadband connections by 2020 is significantly behind target, say the auditors. Rural areas, in particular, remain less well connected than cities.

Press Release: EU Auditors highlight key areas for simplifying Cohesion policy after 2020

Simplifying rules for Cohesion spending is a key challenge to be addressed for the post-2020 period. In a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors, the auditors set out a series of principles to be followed and key areas that need attention by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States when deciding on new rules.

Press Release: EU Auditors to examine public participation in law-making

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of public participation in EU law-making. In particular, they will examine the public consultations with stakeholders undertaken by the European Commission when preparing its legislative proposals. The auditors have today published a Background Paper, “Consulting the public when preparing EU law”, as a source of information for those interested in the subject.

Press Release: EU Auditors to examine cross-border healthcare

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of cross-border healthcare arrangements in the EU. The auditors will examine the European Commission’s monitoring and support for putting the EU legislation on cross-border healthcare access into effect, the results achieved to date for patients, and the effectiveness of the EU funding framework and of the actions funded. The audit will also cover the eHealth sector, where information technology is used to improve healthcare delivery and the health of citizens. The auditors have today published a Background Paper on the EU cross-border healthcare system as a source of information for those interested in the subject.

Press Release: Auditors examine modernisation programme for European air traffic management

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of the deployment of SESAR, the technological modernisation programme for air traffic management in the EU. The audit will examine whether the deployment is being well managed and whether it will contribute to the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.

Press Release: EU Public Private Partnerships suffer from widespread shortcomings and limited benefits

EU co-financed Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) cannot be regarded as an economically viable option for delivering public infrastructure, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The PPPs audited suffered from widespread shortcomings and limited benefits, resulting in €1.5 billion of inefficient and ineffective spending. In addition, value for money and transparency were widely undermined in particular by unclear policy and strategy, inadequate analysis, off-balance-sheet recording of PPPs and unbalanced risk-sharing arrangements.

ECA Special Report: Renewable energy for sustainable rural development: significant potential synergies, but mostly unrealised

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