EP’s Budgetary Control Committee recommends postponing “discharge” for ARTEMIS, ENIAC and ITER
At its meeting on 4 April 2016, the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament (EP) has stated that ARTEMIS, ENIAC and ITER, three joint private sector-EU technology projects, have failed to convince MEPs that they have managed EU funds appropriately and must do better justifying their use of EU funds in 2014 before the European Parliament approves their accounts. The Committee has recommended that Parliament should postpone granting “discharge” (i.e. approving the spending of the Council of Ministers and the European Council (EU leaders) for the three projects for 2014) at its plenary vote, due to take place on 28 April 2016.
ARTEMIS, ENIAC, and ITER are three out of eight projects set up as EU partnerships with private companies (“joint undertakings”). The EP Committee criticised ARTEMIS and ENIAC (now renamed Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership - ECSEL) for not delivering information necessary to calculate the error rates. They should provide additional documents and information from their respective national audit bodies, MEPs recommended. The Cadarache-based ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project was criticised for growing project costs and delays, as well as for lack of coherence in its report on budgetary and financial management, and failure to publish a new action plan.
The European Parliament will take its final decision on the postponed discharges in October 2016.
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