The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee is responsible for scrutinising the implementation of the EU's budget. The committee decides whether or not to sign off the accounts for each institution, in a process known as discharge.
There has been a gradual deterioration in the management of the European Budget. Whilst the ECR welcomes efforts being made by the EU institutions to address the problems in the short term; we believe there is also a need for longer term solutions, including the creation of a dedicated Commissioner for Budgetary Control.
The ECR believes that the quality of expenditure should be given far more attention with an increased emphasis on accountability and a focus on performance and spending outcomes. We believe that a greater role for Parliament in scrutinising the budget may be the best way to bring about a much needed cultural change in how EU money is spent and managed.
ECR MEPs believe that it is vital that effective systems, rules, and controls are in place. This is not yet the case. We are leading the fight to have a fully integrated control framework. When wrong-doing is discovered, we believe a full range of sanctions such as payment interruptions, suspensions, financial corrections, and penalties should be available. Furthermore, we recently won parliamentary support for such a sanctions regime "with minimal scope for discretion when breaches of the rules are discovered" as we feel that sanctions are not applied with sufficient rigour and determination.
ECR Members of the CONT Committee:
The ECR believes that establishing confidence in the EU Budget must be one of the most important priorities. In a period of austerity, it is more important than ever that tax-payers should be able to trust that the funds put at the disposal of the European Union are used properly to deliver value for money. The budget must be well-managed and spent effectively.