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European Structural Funds

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the European Commission on the European Court of Auditors’ disclosure of a 12 per cent. error rate in the execution of the Structural Fund; and if he will make a statement. (249745)

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The UK is taking the lead in ECOFIN Council discussions on the European Court of Auditor’s (ECA) Report on the 2007 EC Budget. Examination of the report includes analysis of Structural Funds for which the ECA’s estimated error rate was 11 per cent. February’s ECOFIN meeting will agree measures which the Commission must implement to improve the financial management of EU funds.