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On Monday, the European Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee and the State Budget Control Select Committee of the Riigikogu will get acquainted with the report of the European Court of Auditors for 2013.

In the opinion of the Member of the ECA Kersti Kaljulaid, who will present the report, the European Union budget period 2007–2013 focused more on spending than on efficiency. “Insufficient attention to the initial benefit received from the use of the budget is one of the main problems of the structure of the EU budget, which concerns the whole budget,” Kaljulaid said.

According to the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling, the principle that the EU funds are a one-time boost for achieving important changes in Estonia was the basis for the preparation of the implementation plan for 2014–2020 budget period. “Using of European funds must bring along a developmental leap by increasing the efficiency of implementing the objectives and causing a positive impact,” said Palling.

The function of the European Court of Auditors is to check the implementation of the budget of the EU, monitor that the EU funds have been spent legally and with sound management, and to give the European Commission recommendations on improving the financial management of the EU.

The public sitting of the committees will be held at the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu and start at 1 p.m. The web broadcast can be seen here

After the sitting, at around 2.30 p.m., the journalists will have the possibility for interviews.

The Riigikogu Press Service