We are continuing to make every effort to reduce the effect of the pandemic on our staff and minimise the risk to them and to their families. The Court has decided a gradual return to the offices from 13 September 2021. ECA staff members will be present at their workplaces an average of two days a week. Health and safety measures on Court premises will continue to apply.
At the same time, we have done everything we can to continue providing an effective public audit service in the EU and deliver timely audit reports, opinions and reviews.
Where appropriate, we re-scoped our ongoing tasks and adjusted the approach and timeline to take account of changing circumstances.
work programme is also shaped by the unprecedented crisis we are facing. One in four audit tasks to be started this year will be dealing with the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the 'Next Generation EU' (NGEU) initiative.