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The EU co-finances investments in rural infrastructure withthe aim to improve competitiveness of the agricultural andforestry sectors and increase the quality of life in ruralareas. This audit examined whether the Member Statesand the European Commission have achieved value formoney with the funds allocated. The audit found that theneed for EU rural development funding was not alwaysclearly justified, coordination with other funds was weakand selection procedures did not systematically directfunding towards the most cost-effective projects. TheCommission and the Member States have not collectedadequate information on the effectiveness or efficiency ofthe measures funded, making it difficult to direct futurepolicy and manage the budget by results.
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