On Tuesday 15 October 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish its annual audit report on European Union’s 41 agencies located in different Member States.
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 auditors also assess key controls in their supervisory systems. The report for the 2018 financial year will provide the auditors’ opinion on two questions: whether the agencies’ accounts are reliable and whether money has been received or paid in compliance with the rules.
The auditors will issue the results for all EU agencies in one comprehensive report, but also provide specific findings and recommendations for each agency. They are expected to inform about continuous positive results, but warn about financial management and procurement issues.
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 2019, stands at 43, including two currently being created European Public Prosecutor Office and European Labour Authority (not yet covered in the report).
They employ some 11 400 people – a fifth of all EU staff. Most agencies are financed almost entirely by the EU general budget. Their total 2018 budget amounted to €4.2 billion (a 20% increase on 2017), which is equivalent to about 2.9% of the total EU budget.
The annual report, including a summary document “2018 audit of EU agencies in brief”, and a press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu on Tuesday 15 October at 10.00 a.m. in 23 EU languages.