The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is conducting an audit on the EU’s strategic framework for combating desertification – where previously fertile land becomes increasingly dry and unproductive. The audit will examine whether the risk of desertification in the EU is being effectively and efficiently addressed.
The Single European Sky (SES) initiative to improve air traffic management across the EU addressed a clear need and has led to a greater culture of efficiency. However, European airspace management remains fragmented and the SES as a concept has not yet been realised, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. EU funding for the technological elements of SES has so far reached € 730 million and is due to grow to € 3.8 billion by 2020.
The European Court of Auditors is currently conducting an audit on passenger rights in the EU. An online survey to gauge citizens’ understanding of their rights when travelling and to gather information about their experiences is part of this audit. The auditors have also published a background briefing paper on passenger rights in the EU.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report “Single European Sky: a changed culture but not a single sky” on Thursday 30 November 2017 at 11h30 in 23 EU languages.
The European Court of Auditors has issued unqualified (“clean”) audit opinions on the accounts of the European Union’s 41 agencies and signed them off as reliable. The auditors also issued clean audit opinions on the financial transactions for 40 of the agencies, and a qualified opinion in one case.
On 8-9 November, the EUROSAI working group on air quality will be meeting at the ECA in Luxembourg with representatives from all the Supreme Audit Institutions involved in the European air quality audit.
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EFSI, the investment fund at the heart of the “Juncker Plan”. The auditors will consider whether EFSI (the European Fund for Strategic Investments) is effectively addressing the need to support investment within the EU. Today they have also published a briefing document on EFSI for interested readers.
The European Court of Auditors is to conduct an audit of passenger rights in the EU. The auditors will examine whether the scope and the reach of EU regulations have provided effective protection of passenger rights, whether passenger rights enforcement has been effective and how the European Commission has monitored implementation and reacted to problems.
Today the European Court of Auditors published its work programme for 2018. As well as giving details of the special reports which the EU Auditors intend to publish in 2018, the programme provides information on the institution’s annual reports and the work programming process. All in all, the auditors plan to produce some 90 publications in 2018, including annual reports, special reports and opinions.
Presentation of the ECA’s 2016 annual report Plenary session of the European Parliament.
The deployment of an EU-wide railway signalling system is at a low level so far and represents a patchwork, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. This is despite the fact that the concept is not generally questioned by the rail sector, say the auditors. They found that many infrastructure managers and railway undertakings are reluctant to invest in the system due to the expense entailed and the lack of an individual business case.