The Commission welcomes the decision by the European Parliament to grant discharge to the Commission in respect of the 2011 EU budget implementation.
Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner responsible for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, said: "The decision by the European Parliament to grant discharge to the Commission is recognition of our consistent effort over the years to improve the management and control of EU funds. I agree with the Council and Parliament when they call for further simplification of the rules and processes in order to reduce the risk of errors."
The Commission has already taken many steps in its proposals for the next generation of programmes (2014-2020) tabled in early autumn 2011. On 1 January 2013 a new financial regulation entered into force with simpler rules on EU funds. The proposals for the 2014-2020 programmes include: