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2018 update of the toolkit for auditing public procurement

The Contact Committee, based on the work of its former working groups on public procurement, publishes since 2008 a regularly updated toolkit for auditing public procurement processes. In 2014, the European Parliament adopted three directives that revise and update the public procurement law to be transposed into the national law of all EU Member States. These directives aim at using public procurement in the context of wider public policies, such as innovation, environmental and social ones, increasing the efficiency of public spending, reinforcing legal certainty and integrating the case law on public procurement that the Court of Justice of the European Union has established. The present update reflects these changes.

EU Contact Committee statement (CC 1/2018)

on deficiencies in the accountability and audit arrangements of the supervisory mechanism for banks in the euro area

CC Audit Compendium - Youth unemployment and the integration of young people into the labour market

The Contact Committee (CC) issues with the Audit Compendium a new type of publication, meant to enhance the communication of relevant audit messages to its stakeholders and the broader public. This first edition is dedicated to the highly topical issue of youth unemployment and the integration of young people into the labour market. It is based on audit reports produced by 14 CC members between 2013 and 2017.
Youth unemployment stands at the top of the agendas of most EU Member States and of the European Institutions. In 2016, over 4 million young Europeans could not find work and the proportion facing long-term unemployment remains high. The CC members aim to ensure at national and supra-national level that the funds used to combat youth unemployment are used effectively.
The compendium is available in 24 EU languages on this website.

Status Outline - October 2017

Status Outline of EU SAI Contact Committee Activities - October 2017

Report of the Task Force on European Banking Union to the Contact Committee of Supreme Audit Institutions of the European Union and the European Court of Auditors

The report is based on a parallel audit on the “prudential supervision of medium-sized and small (’less significant’) institutions in the European Union after the introduction of the Single Supervisory Mechanism”. In the audit, 5 Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) assessed the regulatory framework governing small and medium-sized banks in the EU as well as the design and conduct of prudential supervision. Two overarching findings emerged:
(1) The way in which banking regulation is transposed, and banking supervision of Less Significant Institutions (LSIs) is designed and conducted, varies across different EU Member States.
(2) Since the introduction of the Single Supervisory Mechanism – the first pillar of the European Banking Union – gaps in SAIs’ ability to audit banking supervision have emerged. This applies to national SAIs as well as the European Court of Auditors.
The Contact Committee urges actors at European and national level to strengthen the external audit of the public task of banking supervision. In a policy area where trillions of euros are at stake, accountability and democratic control should not be compromised.


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