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Commission welcomes European Parliament's positive vote on discharge for the EU 2011 budget

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:

  • Simpler rules to reduce the risk of errors;
  • More transparent reporting and enhanced accountability requirements for Member States;
  • A new system for monitoring progress;
  • Stricter preventive and corrective measures: the Commission will be able to interrupt payments for up to nine months and would be entitled to cancel definitely some or all of the EU funding for a programme if Member States fail to address in a timely manner serious weaknesses in their systems.

More information

What is budget discharge?

Simplification of the Financial Framework 2014-2020

European Court of Auditors: Annual reports

Press release