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The ‘Cost of Control’ of Auditing Cohesion Expenditure – Is it Worth the Money?

Martin Weber, Chrysoula Latopoulou, Jorge Guevara López

The setting-up of national audit authorities in the 2007-2013 programming period has considerably strengthened the control arrangements for cohesion expenditure in Member States. How these bodies are organised differs across the European Union, generally reflecting the administrative structure of each Member State. This article provides information on the ‘cost of control’ of auditing cohesion expenditure. It is based on data provided by audit authorities in response to a European Court of Auditors’ survey in the context of a recent audit published in December 2013 as Special Report No 16/2013 under the title ‘Taking stock of ‘single audit’ and the Commission’s reliance on the work of national audit authorities in Cohesion’.


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