The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish its annual report on the 2020 EU budget on 26 October 2021.
The annual report will be available on the ECA's website
eca.europa.eu in 23 EU languages on Tuesday 26 October from 00.01. This will include:
- annual reports on the EU budget and on the European Development Funds;
- a summary document entitled "2020 EU audit in brief";
- a press release;
- a FAQ sheet.
ABOUT THE ANNUAL REPORT
Each year, for the annual report, the auditors check the EU accounts and provide their opinion on two questions: whether the accounts are accurate and reliable, and to what extent there is evidence of money having been received or paid out in error (known as regularity and legality).
In 2020, the last year before the new MFF, EU spending totalled €173.3 billion.
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is the independent external auditor of the European Union. Its audit reports and opinions are an essential element of the EU accountability chain. They are used to hold to account those responsible for implementing EU policies and programmes: the Commission, other EU institutions and bodies, and administrations in Member States.
The ECA warns of risks, provides assurance, indicates shortcomings and good practice, and offers guidance to EU policymakers and legislators on how to improve the management of EU policies and programmes.