On Wednesday 3 April 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the FEAD and its contribution to reducing poverty and social exclusion in the EU.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors assessed whether the FEAD was designed to be an effective tool for alleviating poverty and contributing towards social inclusion of the most deprived. They reviewed the operational programmes of nine Member States: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Overall, the report is expected to acknowledge the FEAD's valuable support as regards to ensuring the provision of food and material support to those most in need. But the auditors are also expected to point out weaknesses in the social inclusion aspect of the Fund, as well as insufficient targeting and incomplete monitoring of aid. They will make some recommendations that take into account the European Commission's proposal to integrate the FEAD into the new European Social Fund Plus for 2021-2027.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD) was established in 2014. It aimed to alleviate the forms of extreme poverty, with the greatest social exclusion impact, such as homelessness, child poverty and food deprivation. The European Commission has devoted €3.8 billion complemented by Member States contributions for a total funding of €4.5 billion for the period 2014-2020.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website
eca.europa.eu on Wednesday 3 April at 11:30 in 23 EU languages.
The ECA Member George Pufan, responsible for this Special Report, and the audit team will be available for interviews or statements: please contact
The ECA's special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.