Developing to meet the needs of an expanding EU
The ECA has grown as the EU has evolved. From 9 Members and 120 members of the staff in
, it now has 27 Members, and nearly 900 members of the staff from all Member States.
Ever since it was established in 1977, the ECA has sought to help improve the EU's financial management by issuing high-quality, topical publications in all policy areas. Over the same period, the EU has welcomed new Member States, taken on new responsibilities, expanded its budget, and established new high-level, bodies and agencies all of which is taken into account in our work.
Our output has increased considerably since the two opinions that we issued in our first year of operation. We now publish annual reports, statements of assurance, specific annual reports, special reports, opinions, and reviews. In recent years, we have begun to give greater priority to auditing the results of EU policies and providing advice on how performance can be improved.