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How European cities achieve renaissance

As part of our work to evaluate how well the UK Government is tackling the renewal of the Thames Gateway we explored how seven European cities or regions are tackling ambitious regeneration and bringing sustainable growth and renewal to local communities. We published our research as a companion piece to the Thames Gateway report.

Published:
1 Jan 2007
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Financial management in the European Union

“I am pleased to see the Court was able to issue a positive Statement of Assurance on a larger percentage of EU spending than it had done at any time in the previous decade and that it reported that the Commission had made progress in a number of key areas of financial management, such as the development of its internal control framework.

“Last year, I said that the United Kingdom’s Presidency of the European Union in the latter half of 2005 presented the United Kingdom authorities with an opportunity to push for improvements in financial management. I am pleased to see therefore that the United Kingdom Presidency made a substantial contribution to initiatives in this area. The challenge is to keep up the momentum during the Austrian and Finnish Presidencies in 2006.”

Published:
29 Mar 2006
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Lost in Translation? Responding to the Challenges of European Law

“European laws form a large part of Defra’s work and getting transposition wrong can be costly for government and industry and lead to environmental damage and other adverse effects. Defra has made improvements, particularly in the field of programme and project management, and can point to a number of successful cases on which to build. There is still scope for Defra to improve the overall quality and timeliness of transposition and taking steps such as increased senior level oversight of the process and giving stakeholders as much certainty as possible will help the department to achieve better and more consistent results. “

Published:
26 May 2005
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Financial Management of the European Union

“While I am concerned that the Court has qualified its opinion on the accounts of the European Union for the 10th year in succession, I am pleased to see that the Commission has made progress in a number of areas. For example, the new accruals based accounting system introduced on 1 January 2005 presents a good opportunity to move towards an unqualified opinion. I am also pleased that the Court was able to identify progress with regard to other aspects of improved financial management, which the Commission seems intent to build on.

“The United Kingdom’s Presidency of the European Union, in the second half of 2005, provides a further opportunity for the United Kingdom authorities to continue to push for improvements in the financial management of the European Union, both during its Presidency and beyond. We will continue to work closely with European Institutions and the state audit institutions of the 24 other Member States to protect European Union funds and to bring about the necessary changes to improve financial management.”

Published:
3 Mar 2005
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Financial Management in the European Union: The European Court of Auditors report for the year 2001

“My report on the financial management of the European Union draws attention once again to continuing problems in the management of funds. It is a matter of concern that, for the eighth year in succession, the Court of Auditors has qualified its opinion on the reliability of the accounts. I also endorse the Court’s view that the Commission should take urgent, in-depth action to deal with the persistent weaknesses in its accounting system.

“It is vital that the UK government carries on doing all it can, through the Council of Ministers and its other links in the Community, to support the reform progress put into effect by the Commission. We in the National Audit Office will continue to give a high priority to examining how Community funds are managed by UK government departments.”

Published:
12 Jun 2003
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Financial Management of the European Union: Annual Report of the European Court of Auditors for the year 2000

“My report draws attention to ongoing problems in the management of European funds in 2000. The United Kingdom Government has taken a leading role in supporting the reform process which is being put into effect by the European Commission and it is vital it continues to do all it can in this respect, through the Council of Ministers and its other links in the Community. The National Audit Office will continue to give a high priority to examining the way that United Kingdom departments manage Community funds.”

Published:
30 May 2002
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Financial Management of the European Union

“My report draws attention to serious problems in the management of European funds in 1999. I hope that in future years we will see the programme of reforms drawn up by Commission Vice-President Neil Kinnock taking effect. It is vital the United Kingdom Government, through the Council of Ministers and its other links in the Community, continues to do all it can to press for improvements in the financial management and to support the Commission in implementing the reforms. The National Audit Office will continue to give a high priority to examining the way that United Kingdom departments manage Community funds.”

Published:
27 Apr 2001
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Financial Management of the European Union

“It is important that the United Kingdom Government, through the Council of Ministers and its other links with the Community, continues to seize all opportunities to facilitate and support the Commission’s far-reaching programme of reform to ensure that its impetus is maintained and improvements in financial management are secured. The National Audit Office will continue to give a high priority to examining the way that United Kingdom departments manage Community funds in the future and to co-operating with the European Court of Auditors.”

Published:
28 Apr 2000