EUA releases set of proposals on how to achieve high-quality audit in European research
EUA, the European University Association, has published a set of proposals on "Achieving High-quality Audit in European Research". The proposals are aimed at national and EU funders and provide guidance on how to make the EU reporting and control environment more efficient and effective, in the interest of simplification. The paper was published on 29 August 2019, in the context of the European Commission's currently ongoing consultations on strategic planning and on the implementation of Horizon Europe, and in preparation of the upcoming Research and Innovation Days in Brussels on 24-26 September 2019.
While acknowledging the challenges connected to achieving greater alignment of funding practices, EUA claims that its proposals are aimed to generate management efficiencies for both funders and beneficiaries, build trust, reduce errors and thus release resources for research and innovation. The document outlines the principles that, according to the association, should guide the further development of the EU control environment and makes concrete proposals – for instance, a compatibility test of national auditing practices allowing to make EU audits more efficient, exploring options for joint audit campaigns and testing the new “systems and process audits” in a pilot project with universities.
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