Marco Polo programmes, aimed at shifting freight away from the roads, have been ineffective and should be discontinued in their current design, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). Read more...
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“To put it simply, the programmes were ineffective as they did not meet the targets, little impact was achieved in shifting freight off the roads and there were no data to assess the achievement of the policy objectives (e.g. environmental benefits)" said Ville Itälä, the ECA member responsible for the report.
The EU has allocated around € 65 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund for co-financing the construction and renovation of roads from 2000 to 2013. The ECA audited 24 ERDF and Cohesion Fund road investment projects in Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain to assess whether they achieved their objectives at a reasonable cost. The total value of audited projects exceeded € 3 billion. Read more...
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“Bigger is not always better,” said Harald Wögerbauer, the ECA member responsible for the report. “Motorways should only be financed with EU money where there is a clear traffic need. Getting the right information to the planners and the engineers will help them keep down the cost of building roads.”
Following the proposal from the Croatian government, and after consulting the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union has appointed Mr Neven Mates to the post of Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) for the period from 15/7/2013 to 14/07/2019.
See also: the appointment of ECA Members (TFEU, Article 286) / CV of Mr Neven Mates. Watch on YouTube: ECA short film "Guardians of the EU's finances" now also available in Croatian
New Member of the European Court of Auditors takes up office: George PUFAN (RO)
on the amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund covered by the Common Strategic Framework and laying down general provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the Cohesion Fund and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1083/2006