The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has invited a wide range of key stakeholders to a gathering in Brussels on Tuesday 14 October to discuss the European Union's systems for democratic accountability and audit.
The conference will bring together many of those concerned with ensuring the European Union's accountability to its citizens for how EU money is spent, and its aim is to foster a debate among policy makers, parliamentarians, the audit community and academics about how current accountability should be developed and improved over the coming years.
Key speakers will include: Mr Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the European Parliament & former EU Commissioner; Mr Vítor Caldeira, President of the ECA; Ms Ingeborg Grässle, Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament; and Mr Kevin Cardiff, a Member of the ECA .
The conference will build on the ECA's recently published Landscape review of EU accountability and public audit arrangements, in which the EU auditors called for greater cooperation between the ECA and the Member States' parliaments and auditors, so as to provide the public with a more complete and comprehensive overview of how money is used to meet EU objectives.
Press release: High-level conference on improving EU accountability: ECA engages in dialogue with stakeholders at EU and national level
Landscape review: Gaps, overlaps and challenges: a landscape review of EU accountability and public audit arrangements
- Watch here an explanatory video on EU accountability
- Watch here a summary of the conference on Tuesday 14 October at 14h30
- Programme of the conference on EU Accountability, 14 October 2014
- Democratic control and Public-Private Partnerships
Professor Christopher Bovis, University of Hull
- How should accountability for shared management be addressed at Member State and EU level?
Mr Igor Šoltes, Member of the European Parliament
- Accountability of central banks and supervisory bodies – what should be the remit of auditors at EU and national level?
Mr Claes Norgren, Auditor General, Swedish National Audit Office
- EIB - using Europe’s leverage and how to account for it
Mr Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of EIB
- European but not EU – the special case of ESM/EFSF
Mr Kalin Anev Janse, Secretary General of ESM
- ‘Gaps, overlaps and challenges, EU Accountability and Public Audit Arrangements’
Mr Kevin Cardiff, ECA reporting Member and Mr Jacques Sciberras, team leader
- ECB and accountability to the European Parliament
Professor Mark Hallerberg, Hertie School of Governance
- Accountability for crisis and post crisis structures
Chair: Mr Gay Mitchell, former MEP, author of ‘By Dail Account, auditing of government, Past, Present and Future’
- Accountability in the EU Accounting for performance – How to account for policy and regulatory impact
Manfred Kraff, Deputy Director-General DG Budget
- Introductory comments on EU accountability arrangements
Mr Vítor Caldeira, ECA President
- EU governance structures, post crisis.
Professor Brigid Laffan, European University Institute