Bodies Playing a Role in Cohesion Policy and Public Procurement

In Fall 2015 European Court of Auditors published a Special Report on 'Efforts to address problems with public procurement in EU cohesion expenditure should be intensified.'

Failure to comply with public procurement rules has proved to be a significant source of errors in EU cohesion expenditure. Serious errors resulted in a lack of fair competition and/or in the award of contracts to those who were not the best bidders. The Court of Auditors found that the Commission and Member States have started to address the problem, but there is still a long way to go and efforts need to be intensified. Read more in the report.  

A number of Member States had not yet fulfilled the conditions laid down for the use of European Structural and Investment Funds for public procurement in the spending period 2014 to 2020. These conditions are seen as necessary prerequisites for effective and efficient use of EU support. The Auditors recommend that, if these conditions are not being fulfilled by the end of 2016, the Commission should suspend 2014-2020 payments to the Member States concerned, until they have rectified the shortcomings.