In communicating its audit results and recommendations, the ECA helps raise public awareness of EU financial management and accountability issues and the importance of EU funds being used economically, efficiently and effectively and in compliance with the rules. The ECA’s communications help protect the financial interests of EU citizens through the transparency they bring. The ultimate aim is to promote trust in the good functioning of the EU and its institutions.
The value of the ECA’s contribution to EU accountability depends – to a large extent – on the use made of its work and products by its main partners in the accountability process, such as:
The conditions, limits and procedures applicable to access by the public to European Court of Auditors documents are governed by Decision No 12-2005 of 10 March 2005, as amended by Decision No 14-2009, adopted by the Court at its meeting of 5 February 2009.
The ECA draws up audit reports and issues opinions on all of the European Union's fields of activity. When they are published in the Official Journal of the European Union, these documents must be available in the official languages of the Union. The ECA publishes all its reports and other products on its multilingual website, so that EU citizens can read them in their own language. For reasons of efficiency, news items about our products and events, as well as information for the press, are presented on our website in English. Whenever possible, however, the ECA will also provide them in the languages of publication. Communications on our social media are mostly in English.