On Thursday 10 October 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the usefulness of the European Environmental Economic Accounts (EEEAs).
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed how the European Commission managed the development of the EEEAs and whether these fulfil the needs of EU policymakers. They also looked at how the EEEAs have been used for monitoring and evaluating environmental policies.
The report is expected to highlight several issues that prevent EEEAs from reaching their full potential. Auditors will make a number of recommendations to the Commission with a view to enhancing the relevance and usefulness of the EEEAs.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The European Environmental Economic Accounts are a statistical framework consisting of a comprehensive set of tables and accounts describing the relationship between the environment and the EU economy. As such, they are an important source of data to evaluate environmental policies, such as the 7th Environment Action Programme, and to monitor progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.