The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to assess whether the EU’s agricultural policy helps maintain and enhance biodiversity. In particular, the auditors will examine the design of the EU biodiversity strategy and its application in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They will also assess the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funding for biodiversity in farming.
The budget surplus of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), amounting to almost half a billion euros in 2018, should be put to a productive use, according to a new opinion by the European Court of Auditors. The office should explore ways of using its surplus money, which is currently incurring negative interest payments, to support research, innovation and growth in the EU, say the auditors. Moreover, the office should be subject to the same budgetary and discharge procedure before the European Parliament as other EU bodies.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU support for the network of roads connecting Member States and regions. The auditors will examine whether the European Commission’s actions and funding are ensuring that Member States remain on track to complete the network on time and improve connectivity for citizens.
The European Court of Auditors has recently launched an audit of the effectiveness of the EU’s action and funding on urban mobility.
The Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD) contributes to Member States’ approaches to alleviating poverty, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. But it still mainly funds food support and does not always target the most extreme forms of poverty. Its function as a bridge towards social inclusion still has to be demonstrated, the EU auditors stress.
The backlog of money committed under the EU budget but not yet paid out has reached a new high, which could create significant financial risks for the future, according to a new rapid case review by the European Court of Auditors. The value of payments that the European Commission will need to make was €267 billion at the end of 2017 and is set to grow further. The auditors warn that this may restrict the Commission’s ability to manage future needs or settle future payment requests on time.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU monitoring of public support granted to the financial sector over recent years. In particular, the auditors will examine how the European Commission ensures that aid remains exceptional and limited to what is strictly necessary. They will also assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the procedures in place for state aid control.
The measures which the Commission has established to achieve the 2020 an 2030 energetic efficiency targets include a focus on greener product design (“ecodesign”) and consumer information (through energy labelling). The European Court of Auditors has recently launched a performance audit of the ecodesign and energy labelling legislation.
Multiple challenges in strengthening EU cybersecurity remain despite the progress made, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. As the risk of falling victim to cybercrime or a cyberattack increases, it is essential to build resilience through strengthening governance, raising skills and awareness, and improving coordination, say the auditors. They also highlight the importance of meaningful accountability and evaluation to help the EU achieve its aim of becoming the world’s safest digital environment.
On Tuesday 19 March 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a briefing paper on the EU’s cybersecurity policy.
The briefing paper aims to provide an overview of the EU’s complex cybersecurity policy landscape. It covers network and information security, cybercrime, cyber defence and disinformation, taking into account developments up to December 2018.
In this first ECA Journal of 2019, the ECA asks what the EU is doing for transport and mobility. What are the EU’s main objectives, what works well, and what doesn’t? And what are the key concerns, now and in the future?
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.