ALDE Group on the EU expenses in 2017: Commission has improved BUT must deliver better on the performance based budget
ALDE welcomes the European Court of Auditors’ Annual Report on the EU budget 2017 which was published today. While ALDE welcomes the downward trend on the error rate and general improvement of the Commission’s financial management, the group critically notes the Court’s central notion that the Commission is not sufficiently using the performance information available to plan and steer corrective measures in the EU budget.
Martina Dlabajová (Czech Republic, ANO), ALDE spokesperson on the discharge 2017 and Vice-Chair of the Budgetary Control Committee, said: "ALDE is the group that has advocated for the change of culture as regards the new audit and policy focus on performance and EU added value of the EU budget. Therefore, we are content to see a strong focus on performance in the Court’s Annual Report 2017. The correct and timely use of performance data is fundamental from the point of view of accountability for results and transparency. In this respect, we expect that the Commission provide us information on how the Union’s executive body is using performance information in its decision making."
Nedzhmi Ali (Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedoms), ALDE coordinator in the Committee on Budgetary Control, continued: "While there is still room for improvement, it is clear that the simplification efforts and investments in sound financial management are bearing fruit. The budget execution error rate, which was 3.1% in 2016, dropped to 2.4% in 2017. We note with satisfaction that roughly half of the EU expenditure is free from material error. "