Our past involvement and this
12. We have taken a close and continuing interest
in these matters. In addition to our annual reports on the EC
budget, we have published a series of reports since 1988-89 on
financial management and the fight against fraud (1988-89, 1992-93,
1993-94 (twice) and 1998-99), the European Court of Auditors (1979-80,
1986-87 and 2000-01), the future financing of the EU (2004-05),
and OLAF (2003-04).
This report builds on a substantial body of work that we have
carried out over the years.
13. We launched this current inquiry in February
2006 in response to the Court of Auditors' report on the 2004
Budget. During our
inquiry we have taken account of a number of other documents and
proposals. We are currently maintaining the Parliamentary scrutiny
reserve on the following documents as we consider them to be relevant
to this inquiry:
- EM 5509/06: Commission Action
Plan towards an Integrated Internal Control Framework
- EM 8630/06: Member States' replies to the European
Court of Auditors' 2004 Annual Report
- EM 10480/06: Annual Report to the Discharge Authority
on Internal Audits carried out in 2005
- EM 10562/06: Synthesis of the Commission's management
achievements in 2005Communication from the Commission to
the European Parliament, the Council and the European Court of
- EM 11399/06: Progress report as at 31 March 2006
on modernising the European Commissions' accounting system
- EM 9628/06: Modified proposal for a Council Regulation
amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No. 1605/2002 on the Financial
Regulation applicable to the general budget of the European Communities
- Unnumbered EM submitted by HM Treasury on 10
October 2006: Report of the European Anti-Fraud OfficeSixth
Activity Report for the Period 1 July 2004 to 31 December 2005
14. Our investigation has been informed by a
large amount of both written and oral evidence. A full list of
those who contributed to the inquiry is printed at Appendix 2.
The written submissions we have received and the oral evidence
we have heard are published in the volume accompanying this report.
We would like to record here our thanks to Professor Roger Levy
from the Caledonian Business School for all the help and advice
he provided us in his role as Specialist Adviser.
15. We make this report to the House for debate.