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Budget discharge of BEREC postponed


17 Mar 2014


Euro & Finance
The Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament has voted on discharge for the 31 decentralised agencies for the year 2012. The committee followed the line of Petri Sarvamaa MEP, EP Rapporteur, and his proposition to postpone the discharge of BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications.
“With BEREC, it was not one big thing that led to the postponement but many small things. There was considerable room for improvement for example with the agency’s procurement and recruitment procedures as well as the agency’s internal controls”, said Sarvamaa. “BEREC has already done some good work in correcting the problems, but additional time is needed for the bureau to prove that the improvements implemented will be effective in addressing the issues.”
In addition to voting on the Reports on each agency, the committee also adopted a Report aimed at improving the performance, financial management and control of EU agencies. The committee called for finding a way to better take into account the diverse nature of the agencies and their specific tasks and requirements in the auditing of the ECA and subsequently their reporting to the discharge authority.
Sarvamaa stressed the importance of effectiveness and transparency in the discharge exercise and welcomes the European Commission's objectives on this. Special attention has also been paid to issues related to conflicts of interests.
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 274 Members from 27 Member States.
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