The NAO has prepared a briefing on financial management of the European Union budget, to inform a Committee of Public Accounts evidence session scheduled for Tuesday, 23 February. Drawing from information already in the public domain, it covers the European Union’s financial management regime, the opinion of the European Court of Auditors’ in respect of the 2014 budget, and management of EU funds spent in the UK.

February 2016

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