On the day:
At 9.00 a.m., ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne and the Lazaros S. Lazarou, the ECA Member responsible for the annual report, will present the report to CONT: the presentation will be broadcast LIVE on EPTV and on Europe By Satellite.
At 11.00 a.m., Mr Lehne will present the report to the press at a press briefing at the European Parliament (click here for details).
On the day, and after publication, ECA Members will present the report and its conclusions and recommendations to the oversight authorities and media in different Member States (information will be available on the ECA website).
PRESS KIT will be made available on the ECA’s website eca.europa.eu
in 23 EU languages. It will include:
The European Court of Auditors is the EU’s independent audit institution. Its audit reports and opinions are an essential element of the EU accountability chain and are used to hold to account those responsible for managing the EU budget. This responsibility lies primarily with the European Commission, along with the other EU institutions and bodies. But for around two-thirds of spending – principally in the areas of natural resources and cohesion – responsibility is shared with the Member States.
Each year, the auditors check the EU accounts and provide their opinion on two questions: whether the accounts are accurate and reliable, and to what extent there is evidence of money having been received or paid out in error (known as regularity and legality). They test samples of transactions to provide statistically-based estimates of the levels of error in the EU’s revenue and in the different spending areas.
EU spending totalled €136.4 billion in 2016, or around €267 for every citizen. This amounts to around 1% of EU gross national income and represents approximately 2% of total public spending in EU Member States. In 2016, most money was spent on natural resources (€57.9 billion), cohesion (€35.7 billion) and growth and jobs (€15.2 billion).