On Friday 29 October 2021, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish its annual financial audit report on the European Union’s agencies.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
Each year, the ECA examines the accounts of all agencies set up by the EU, the revenue they receive and the payments they make. The pandemic has raised particular challenges in the financial management of EU agencies that operate under different national contexts and health measures.
The auditors will explain that, in 2020, EU agencies managed to adapt their work to the unprecedented situation caused by the pandemic and to keep their financial management in good shape, although some issues were found in budgetary management, procurement and human resources management.
The auditors will summarize the results of the financial audits in the “2020 Audit of EU agencies in brief”. Specific findings and recommendations for each of the 41 EU agencies and other EU bodies under the ECA’s mandate will be provided in the full 2020 report.
The ECA member responsible for this annual report is Alex Brenninkmeijer.
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EU agencies carry out specific technical, scientific or managerial tasks that help the EU institutions design and implement policies in areas such as health, safety, security, freedom and justice. The number of agencies, located in different Member States, has increased over the years and, in 2021, stands at 43. The European Public Prosecutor Office and European Labour Authority were not audited in 2020 because they did not reach their financial autonomy.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is the independent external auditor of the European Union. Its audit reports and opinions are an essential element of the EU accountability chain.