Commissioner Semeta addresses EP Committee on Budgetary Control on the 2009 Budget Discharge
28 February 2011 Algirdas Semeta, Commissioner responsible for Taxation, Customs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, took part the European Parliament Cocobu Committee's meeting on the discharge of the 2009 budget. In response to the Rapporteur's draft report on the budget discharge, the Commissioner outlined a series of measures being taken by the Commission to address shared concerns related to the management and control of the EU budget.
Commissioner Semeta underlined that: "...our analysis already shows that a limited number of Member States account for a relatively high proportion of the reservations made by the Directors General in their Activity Reports, as well as for a significant number of the interruptions, suspensions, financial corrections and recoveries made. We need to draw conclusions from this fact and concentrate our efforts on the weakest authorities first with enhanced assistance but also, where needed, with preventive (interruption/suspension of payments) and curative (financial correction and recovery at closure) measures. And the Commission will do so."
He welcomed the Council's recommendation to grant budget discharge for 2009, while highlighting the need for all responsible actors to do more in the management of EU programmes, particularly the Member States.
Commissioner Šemeta's response to the EP Rapporteur's draft report on the budget discharge - for full speech click here
Commissioner Šemeta's statement on the Council's recommendation for budget discharge - for full speech click here