Question to the Commission for written answer E-009222/2014 by Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Court of Auditors recommendations
Page 17 of the ‘EU Audit in Brief’ document for 2013 states that the Commission has fully or partially implemented 79 % of the Court of Auditors’ recommendations from 2012. This means that 21 % have not been implemented at all.
Does the Commission consider this to be acceptable?
E-009222/2014 Answer given on behalf of the Commission by Vice-President Georgieva (9.12.2014)
The Commission would like to stress that the cited report of the Court of Auditors1 observe that “79% of recommendations were either fully or mostly implemented” and that this figure relates to eight special reports in the period 2007-2010.
For recommendations where the Commission shares the view of the Court of Auditors on both the concerns it raises and the remedial action it proposes, the Commission Services are instructed to undertake the implementation of the necessary measures without unjustified delay. Some recommendations are, however, inherently of a multiannual nature where the full implementation period and/or the time for the results to show may expand over a number of years. Also, some of them in the shared management spending areas are addressed fully and/or primarily to Member States.
The Court of Auditors’ practice of presenting recommendations with a multitude of sub-recommendations means that a recommendation may remain partially implemented in the statistics. To facilitate the follow-up process the Commission has recently introduced the practice of splitting combined recommendations in its monitoring system which is expected to bear a favourable impact on the follow-up statistics.
The Commission is currently undertaking a reflection on the follow-up actions through its Audit Progress Committee and with the planned involvement of the European Court of Auditors in order to further strengthen and streamline the process of implementing recommendation.