The COVID-19 pandemic requires everyone to adapt. This also applies to the EU institutions and bodies.
We at the European Court of Auditors (ECA) are committed to mitigating the effects of the health crisis and minimising the risk for our staff, and to safeguarding public health in accordance with the instructions given by the Luxembourg authorities. In particular, starting last week already, we have taken precautionary measures and curtailed the presence of people on the premises to a strict minimum, cancelling all professional travel and postponing internal events and activities. All staff – except those in critical functions – now work from home.
At the same time, we have taken the necessary steps to be able to continue providing an effective public audit service in the EU, as far as this is possible in these challenging times. Special remote-work procedures have been put in place to allow the decision-making process of the College of ECA Members to continue. Yesterday, ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne thanked those who remain on site, allowing their other colleagues to maintain the institution’s core activities with a minimum of disruption.
We are expressing all our gratitude to those who work to save lives and fight the COVID-19 pandemic, in Luxembourg and in the EU, and our support for those affected and their families. We also call on everyone to follow the health and safety instructions given by the Luxembourg authorities and stay at home.