Reports on EU funds

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Martina Tombini

Dear European Court of Auditors,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting the following documents:

-the audit reports conducted on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and presented to the European Commission and national governments for the year 2018, including the annual report presented to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU;
-the audit reports conducted on the European Social Fund (ESF) and presented to the European Commission and national governments for the year 2018, including the annual report presented to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

I would be greateful if you could provide me the information in digital, machine-readable format.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any question or doubt relating to my request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely,
Martina Tombini
Access Info Europe

ECA-INFO, European Court of Auditors

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Dear Ms Tombini,


Thank you for contacting the European Court of Auditors (ECA).


As a foreword, please note that Regulation 1049/2001 regarding public
access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents is not
applicable to our institution. Instead, the rules on public access to ECA
documents are set out in ECA’s Decision 12/2005, as amended by Decision
14/2009 (consolidated version published in OJ C 67/1 of 20.03.2009). More
particularly, as the data you refer to in your e-mail constitute a
“document” pursuant to Article 3(a) of said decision,  your request has
been processed in accordance with Article 6 thereof.


Further to your request, we have managed to single out all those products
published by our institution in 2018, which, although possibly differing
in terms of their respective addressees, all nonetheless deal with
different aspects concerning the spending and management, in general, of
the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund, hence
we consider they may all be of interest to you. Thus, apart from the ECA’s
flagship product, that is the Annual Report for the EU Budget for the
financial year 2018, we have identified 9 Special Reports, 2 Briefing
Papers, 1 Rapid Case Review and 1 Landscape Review, all published in the
course of 2018 and dealing with various aspects of the aforementioned
funds . All those documents are publicly available in a pdf format and may
be accessed by carrying out a keyword search on the relevant page of the
ECA’s official internet site. Yet, in order to facilitate your access and
reading, we are happy to provide you the following individual hyperlinks
for each of the documents :


Annual report :


-          [1]Annual reports concerning the financial year 2018


Special reports :

-          [2]SR 01/2018: Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European
Regions (JASPERS) – time for better targeting


-          [3]SR 06/2018: Free Movement of Workers – the fundamental
freedom ensured but better targeting of EU funds would aid worker mobility


-          [4]SR 09/2018: Public Private Partnerships in the EU:
Widespread shortcomings and limited benefits


-          [5]SR 08/2018: EU support for productive investments in
businesses - greater focus on durability needed


-          [6]SR 12/2018: Broadband in the EU Member States: despite
progress, not all the Europe 2020 targets will be met


-          [7]SR 19/2018: A European high-speed rail network: not a
reality but an ineffective patchwork


-          [8]SR 21/2018: Selection and monitoring for ERDF and ESF
projects in the 2014 2020 period are still mainly outputs-oriented


-          [9]SR 17/2018: Commission’s and Member States’ actions in the
last years of the 2007-2013 programmes tackled low absorption but had
insufficient focus on results


-          [10]SR 25/2018: Floods Directive: progress in assessing risks,
while planning and implementation need to improve


Briefing papers :

-          [11]Auditors identify challenges to integration of migrants in


-          [12]Briefing paper on Simplification in post-2020 delivery of
Cohesion Policy


Rapid Case Review :

-          [13]VAT reimbursement in Cohesion as an eligible cost – an
error-prone and sub-optimal use of EU funds


Landscape review:

-          [14]Towards a successful transport sector in the EU: challenges
to be



We hope this sufficiently addresses your request and we thank you for your
interest in our work.


Kind regards,



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