The EU budget – including the large chunks of funds that go into agriculture, structural adjustments and regional policy – is administered in shared competence between the EU and its member states. Understanding where exactly the money is spent is close to impossible as proper information and usable databases are lacking. Furthermore, the current systems to protect the EU budget against corruption are scattered; oversight is legally and administratively limited.
All EU funds and their beneficiaries – whether administered by the EU institutions or by EU member states – should be published in a transparent way, making them available on a single, citizen-friendly website. This information should also downloadable as well-structured open data so that they can be analysed by civil society and journalists. Reporting mechanisms for misuse of funds and corruption need to be in place to encourage those witnessing fraud and corruption to report it. Sanctioning and prosecution mechanisms need to be effective, including where cases go beyond borders.
Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Budget -
Brussels, 28 July 2016 – Yesterday the European Commission effectively proposed to cancel sanctions against Spain and Portugal foreseen by EU budget rules, subject to the approval of Eurozone governments. While more flexible budget rules are welcome, their reinterpretation must …
Posted 28 Jul 2016 No Comments
EU Budget, EU Public Procurement, Uncategorized -
A guest post by Anna Alberts of Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Anna leads the EU research project OpenBudgets.eu. She has a degree in international development studies and international relations and worked as desk officer for data- and geopolitics at the …
Posted 20 Jun 2016 No Comments
Access to EU Documents, EU Budget -
All this talk of the UK referendum and Brexit is bringing back old stories about the EU peddled by the British press. We’ve all heard the stories about Brussels banning bendy bananas or curvy cucumbers. But there are many more …
Posted 8 Apr 2016 No Comments