APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE |
The Sub-Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord
Radice, has decided to conduct an inquiry into the mechanisms
to manage and audit the revenue and expenditure of the European
Communities. The Sub-Committee will be identifying the fundamental
problems which have led to 11 successive years in which the European
Court of Auditors has not issued a positive statement of assurance
on the accounts. The inquiry will seek to answer the following
- What are the fundamental problems
that have led to 11 successive years in which the accounts have
not been given a positive statement of assurance?
- Are the mechanisms which have been suggested
by the Commission to improve management of the budget appropriate?
- Are these mechanisms likely to lead to a positive
statement of assurance on a set of accounts by the end of the
tenure of the Barroso Commission?
- Are there further steps which need to be taken?
- Can lessons be learnt from the accounting procedures
and practices in other countries?
- Are the working methods, staffing and organisation
of the European Court of Auditors appropriate?
The Sub-Committee would welcome written comments
on these issues.
GUIDANCE TO THOSE SUBMITTING WRITTEN EVIDENCE
Written evidence is invited in response to the
questions above, to arrive by no later than Monday 17 April 2006.
The questions above cover a broad range of topics
and there is no need for individual submissions to deal with all
the issues. Evidence should be kept as short as possible: submissions
of not more than four sides of A4 paper of free-standing text,
excluding any supporting annexes, are preferred. Paragraphs should
Evidence should be sent in hard copy and electronically
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