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EU COURT OF AUDITORS : ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION.

The EU Court of Auditors, often seen as a mammoth of bureaucracy, wants to improve its communication with citizens. With that aim in mind, it published, on 22 July, its very first annual activity report, for the year 2007.

The document reviews the Court's role and organisation before going on to describe all the activities carried out in 2007 by the institution and the resources used. An overview of audit reports and opinion published in 2007 is also presented, along with the main conclusions issued on the implementation of the EU budget 2006 and on the sound financial management of EU funds. The report also provides information on the reform process underway at the Court, which began in 2006 with a self-evaluation. The year 2007 saw progress on implementing the resulting action plan and, at the end of the year, a peer review was launched by a team of auditors from the national audit institutions of Austria, Canada, Norway and Portugal. One of the first results of this reform process was the statement of the Court's mission, vision, values and strategic objectives, which opens this first annual activity report.

The new President of the Court of Auditors, Portugal's Vitor Manuel da Silva Caldeira (since January 2008), notes that "bringing the European Court of Auditors closer to EU citizens is one of our key objectives and part of our mission to promote transparency and accountability". This first annual activity report is meant to contribute to that objective.

In 2007, the Court of Auditors celebrated its 30th anniversary as the EU's external auditor (see Europolitics 3394).

The report (2 MB) is available at www.europolitics.info > Search > 231346

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