The European Court of Auditors has signed off the 2017 accounts of the European Union’s 41 agencies and issued clean opinions on the revenues underlying the agencies’ accounts. As regards the underlying payments, they also issued a clean opinion for all the agencies except one – the European Asylum Support Office – where they identified a number of issues. The EU agencies carry out specific technical, scientific or managerial tasks that help the EU institutions design and implement policies.
The EU agencies are located across Europe and employ some 10,000 staff. The total 2017 budget of all the EU agencies except the Single Resolution Board (SRB) amounted to €3.5 billion, which is equivalent to about 2.7% of the total EU budget. The SRB’s 2017 budget was €6.6 billion, funded through contributions from credit institutions.
“The EU agencies form an important part of the EU institutional landscape and bring Europe closer to its citizens and businesses. Our audit for 2017 confirmed the positive results reported in previous years. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement, mainly in the area of sound financial management,” said Rimantas Šadžius, the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the annual audits of the agencies.