“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.”