Klaus-Heiner Leine, the president of the European Court of Auditors, warns the EU against hollow promises. He explains that the EU institutions commit to new projects on a regular basis but don’t finance them completely in the end. As new challenges raise up, the Commission and the Parliament state new priorities with projects to be financed by common funds. However, Member States don’t manage to use these funds with efficiency and end up coming short. Last year, they only spent between 10 and 15 percent of their commitments. As such, Klaus-Heiner Leine reminds that the Member States are not always able to use the available ressources.


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