ECA 2011 Annual Report:
- extracts from the EP Committee meeting
- statement by Vitor CALDEIRA, ECA President
EP Committee on Budgetary Control
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 06/11/2012 First transmission: 06/11/2012
Presentation of the European Court of Auditors' Annual Report concerning the financial year 2011 by the President of the Court, Vítor Manuel da SILVA CALDEIRA. Report by Jens GEIER (S&D, DE). Replies by the Member of the European Commission responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algirdas SEMETA, including a presentation of the key figures in the final consolidated annual accounts of the European Union for the financial year 2011.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (English), Vitor Manuel DA SILVA CALDEIRA, President of the European Court of Auditors: " The 2011 accounts present fairly the financial position of the European Union and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year. revenue and commitments for payments were free from material error. However, payments were affected by material error, with an estimated error rate of 3.9 % for the U budget as a whole. The estimated level of error was similar to 2010 when it was 3.7%".
||SOUDBITE (English), Algirdas SEMETA, Commissioner responsible for taxation and customs union, audit and anti-fraud: " The overall error rates for alla payments made in 2011 is less than 4 %, and remains stable compare to 2010 as the Court states in its report. This means that more than 96 % of the 2011 budget is free from error. This is encouraging not only because it confirms the sustained improvements introduced during the last five years, but also considering that this stable result has been achieved even though the risk profile of the transactions increased in 2011".
||SOUDBITE (English), Algirdas SEMETA, Commissioner responsible for taxation and customs union, audit and anti-fraud: "The simplification of EU rules is only part of the solution to reduce the risk of errors. The member states have also their homework to do in addressing the excessive complexity of their national rules, which leads the beneficiaries to make mistakes and challenges the cost-effectiveness of controls".
||SOUNDBITE (GERMAN), Jens GEIER (S&D, DE), Rapporteur : "We often hear the word 'better spending' or spending more effectively in Justus Lupsius building and around here, recently. And really, we have to keep repeating it and we never say it too loud : the national authorities must commit to better management of the European Union funds, and they must defend the interest of European taxpayers. I don't know if you noticed that in reading the Court of Auditors report
||SOUNDBITE (GERMAN), Jens GEIER (S&D, DE), Rapporteur : "If you look at regional policy, 60 % of errors that have been detected, were simply recognized, acknowledged by the member states. So if you want to talk about spending money more effectively, you should not be cutting the amount of money available, you should be auditing the way it is spent".
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||SOUNDBITE (English), Vitor Manuel DA SILVA CALDEIRA, President of the European Court of Auditors: "Our message would be that the member states have not taken their responsibility. They need to apply the rules better, and the member states and the Commission need to enforce these rules in an appropriate way. We found many instances where the European funds where not used optimally or have not been used for the purposes it intended".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Vitor Manuel DA SILVA CALDEIRA, President of the European Court of Auditors: "Our role is auditors, is to advice on the most cost-effective way to reach the final destination that has been set on the budget. That does not depend on, if I may use the image of the cake, of the size of the cake, on the way this cake is sliced, that depends on the ingredients that you put there. For that we recommend that the Council, the member states, this parliament, take advantage to follow the Court recommendations"..