There continues to be a high level of error in
significant areas of EU spending, according to a new report on
financial management in the EU released by the UK National Audit
Office (NAO).

For the second successive year, in November
2009 the European Court of Auditors provided a positive statement
of assurance, without qualification, on the reliability of the EU

However, for the 15th successive year, the
court did not provide a positive statement of assurance on whether
the underlying transactions conformed to applicable laws and

Material error was found in categories making
up about 53 percent of total expenditure.

NAO head Amyas Morse said the persisting high
levels of error are explained by the sheer complexity of EU

“UK departments should press for programmes to
be designed with clear measurable objectives and in such a way as
to promote efficient administration,” he added.