Court of Auditors: EU spending infested with errors well above the materiality threshold of 2%

Last Thursday 13 October, the European Court of Auditors, the institution which carries out the audit of European Union finances, published its report on the implementation of the 2015 EU budget. In the chapter of revenue transactions the ECA found no errors. As expected though, the picture changed drastically when the Court audited the expenditure […]

Court of Auditors: EU budget money is there to be spent not to create value

The European Court of Auditors, the independent audit institution of the EU, today signed off the 2012 EU Budget, but it added a lot of asterisks and remarks over the Union’s payments for last year, singling out inappropriate, ineligible and illegal spending. A first and general comment by the ECA is that “Looking at the […]

The Commission accused of tolerating corruption and fraud in taxation

The European Commission published yesterday a study on Value Added Tax (VAT) evasion and fraud in the 27 EU member states, estimating the lost state incomes from this source at €193 billion only in one year, 2011. This is the difference between the actuall and the potential receipts from VAT, that is the VAT GAP. […]

Stricter rules and tougher sanctions for market manipulation and financial fraud

The plenary session of the European Parliament followed yesterday a motion of the Economic and monetary affairs Committee and adopted in ‘the first reading’ the text of a draft Regulation providing for tougher sanctions for financial markets manipulation. This is an ordinary legislative procedure repealing Directive 2003/6/EC. According to a Parliament Press release issued afterwards […]