The European Court of Auditors (ECA) audit was mainly carried out on the basis of a review of 40 programmes in which significant management and control deficiencies had been identified. It aimed at assessing whether the Commission dealt in a satisfactory way with deficiencies identified in the Member States' management and control systems.
Background: Cohesion policy represents about one-third of the EU budget. During the 2000-2006 and 2007-2013 programming periods, 390.1 billion Euro were allocated for Cohesion. Management of Structural Funds expenditure is shared between the Commission and the Member States. Member States prepare multi-annual programmes which are assessed and approved by the Commission and later implemented by the Member States. The Commission has to ensure that Member States have smoothly functioning management and control systems so that EU funds are efficiently and correctly used. The Commission bears the ultimate responsibility for the implementation of the EU budget.
The main conclusions and recommendations of the report will be presented to the press by Mr Lazaros Lazarou, Member of the Court.
DATE AND TIME Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 11:00
VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE - International Press Centre
155, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels - Belgium
A PRESS KIT, consisting of the Special Report and a press release, will be made available for the press conference. The Special Report will be published on the Court's website, www.eca.europa.eu, in 22 official languages.
INTERPRETATION will be available in French and English.