On Tuesday 27 April 2021, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a review on the contributions provided by non-EU countries to the EU budget.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The EU and its Member States receive contributions from 18 non-EU countries, based on international agreements concluded with these countries. The contributions, which are mainly financial, are either channelled through the EU general budget and the budgets of EU agencies, or provided directly to some Member States. In exchange for their contributions, the non-EU countries gain access to EU programmes and activities and, in the case of contributions provided to Member States, to the EU’s internal market.
ABOUT THE REVIEW
A significant amount of information on EU’s agreements with non-EU countries and related contributions already exists, but it is fragmented and incomplete. The ECA therefore carried out this review as the EU's external auditor, with the aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the contributions and the rules governing them.