European Court of Auditors 2012 Annual Report: interview with Vitor Caldeira
Luxembourg [town] - European Court of Auditors
On 5 November 2013, Vítor Caldeira, President of the European Court of Auditors, gave an interview related to the European Court of Auditors 2012 Annual Report.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Vítor Caldeira, President of the European Court of Auditors (in ENGLISH) answering to the question "Has the European Court of Auditors signed off the EU accounts to 2012? ": Yes the Court has signed off the account as is a case in 2007 but for the EU better expenditure we continue to find many instances of errors where the rules are not complied with. So we found material level of errors as in previous years.
||Soundbite by Vítor Caldeira (in ENGLISH) answering to the question "Is the EU financial management getting better or worse?": I would say that things are pretty much stable on that part. For instance in agriculture, we have observed a trend on the level of error were slighting increasing over recent years while in the structural funds area the level of material is relatively declining since 2007.
||Soundbite by Vítor Caldeira (in ENGLISH) answering to the question "Why do some of these errors persist?": They persist because the frameworks in place are not the right incentives to avoid them or not being effectively applied and there also not sufficiently attention being paid to the quality of expenditures.
||Soundbite by Vítor Caldeira (in ENGLISH) answering to the question "In the view of the ECA system what should be done to improve the EU financial management?": In the Court's view, we need to pay more attention to the results to be achieved with the funds available and for that purpose we need to focus better on the legislation put forward, creating conditions for a better management and the use of the funds, focusing on the results to be achieved
||Soundbite by Vítor Caldeira (in ENGLISH) answering to the question "To do that how should be the spending rules modified?": Well, currently we have already rules in place saying how the money should be spent, right things to the right people but the Court believes, and I believe strongly that we need to put more focus on the results we want to achieve with the funds available on the European Union budget. If the EU seeks to have jobs and growth, we need to be sure that the funds assigned to that clear objective are indeed creating jobs for the EU. So therefore, we need to have simple rules, clear objectives that deliver value at the end. So we have to make sure that the EU budget at the end of the day delivers value for the EU citizens.