On Monday 5 July, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the application of the polluter-pays principle in the EU.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The polluter-pays principle underlies the EU’s environmental policy. It requires that polluters should bear the costs of the environmental damages they cause, including the cost of measures taken to prevent, control and remedy pollution and the costs it imposes on society.
Over the 2014-2020 period, the planned EU budget on cohesion policy and the LIFE Programme amounts to about €29 billion on projects aimed specifically at protecting the environment.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The audit focuses on whether the principle was well applied in four EU environmental policy areas: industrial pollution, waste, water, and soil. In particular, the auditors assess whether the European Commission and the Member States have protected the EU budget from being used to bear expenses that polluters should have paid.
On the basis of their conclusions, EU auditors will address specific recommendations to the European Commission.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Monday 5 July. Journalists who wish to participate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu at 5:00 p.m. CET on Monday 5 July.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Viorel Ștefan.
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.