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EU spending: quality of audit needs to improve


05 Apr 2016


Euro & Finance

The Committee on Budgetary Control decided in its vote today not to grant a discharge for three European Joint Undertakings, namely ARTEMIS, ENIAC and Fusion for Energy - F4E (ITER), for their expenditure in 2014. The European Parliament Rapporteur, EPP Group Vice-Chairman responsible for Budget and Structural Policies, Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP, underlined the need for a better audit.

"Clarification is needed for some questions considering the administration of these public-private partnerships. As ARTEMIS and ENIAC merged in June 2014, it is of great importance that the accounts are clear for future discharges and that no questions are left open", he said.

As regards F4E as part of ITER, Marinescu stressed: "This is a very important European project and has been making progress over the last period. We are waiting for the decision of the ITER Council regarding the future schedule, including activities and financing needs."

The European Parliament Rapporteur is also concerned about the quality of the audit reports on all these important public-private partnerships: "The European Court of Auditors should provide the Parliament with more detailed information in its future reports, including concrete provisions regarding the private partners' contribution evaluation procedure", recalled Marinescu.



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