The European Parliament plays an essential role in helping to identify problems with the national implementation of EU law and the concerns of EU citizens and residents in general. While for the most part our audits check whether Member States comply with EU law as a condition for receiving payments from the EU budget, we may also examine how the Commission performs and accounts for its oversight activities.

As the EU’s auditors, we also look ahead in order to help address key challenges facing the EU in future. Demands for transparency and participation in government and public decision-making are increasingly being voiced. Social media has created new forms of political debate. Governments have provided formal online channels for citizens to report crime, comment on policy, or petition for change. e-government is becoming a crosscutting transformational issue supporting governments’ ability to deliver services.

We will keep all these factors in mind when selecting our audit tasks and formulating recommendations for the future.