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EU myth busting part 1 – Why don’t auditors sign off the annual EU accounts?

July 18, 2012 5:14 PM
By Leon Duveen
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Leon DuveenThis will be the first of a series of posts exploding some of the myths the anti-EU brigade like to talk about to paint an untrue image of the European Union.

Half of annual EU spending is done by Brussels. The other half is transferred by the EU to the 27 national governments.

Every year,the EU auditors examine the spending by Brussels and point out errors. But all 27national governments, including London, refuse to open their books to the EU auditors. The British government and media fail to tell the truth about their refusal and pour the blame on Brussels.

Six years ago, every member state, including the UK, promised MEPs to provide an annual summary of how it spent money which the EU gave it for infrastructure and regional development.. But 13 of the 27 member states refuse to let MEPs see their summaries. MEPs insist that "summaries" are inadequate anyway. In addition, the Council of Ministers (the chamber for the 27 national governments) refuses to answer questions about its own spending.

We British need to be careful about being over-critical. The accounts of the UK's own Department of Work & Pensions have not been approved by its British auditors for more than fifteen years in succession.

Thanks to our Lib Dem MEP, Bill Newton Dunn for this short article. I hope that it will help counter some of the lies & half-truths that are put about by those who want us to leave the EU