Kersti Kaljulaid, the Estonian member at European Court of Auditors, said in the report presented for Riigikogu, that during the 2007-2013 funding period, the EU was more focused on spending money, rather than ensuring efficiency.
On Monday, the European Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee and the State Budget Control Select Committee of the Estonian parliament got acquainted with the report of the European Court of Auditors for 2013.
According to Kaljulaid, who presented the report, the European Union budget period 2007–2013 focused more on spending than on efficiency.
“Insufficient attention to the initial benefit received from the use of the budget is one of the main problems of the structure of the EU budget, which concerns the whole budget,” Kaljulaid said.
According to the Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee at the parliament, Kalle Palling, more efficiency was aimed for in Estonia.
“European funds must bring along a developmental leap by increasing the efficiency of implementing the objectives and causing a positive impact,” said Palling, adding that the EU funds are a one-time boost for achieving important changes in Estonia, which was the basis for the preparation of the implementation plan for 2014–2020 EU budget period.
The function of the European Court of Auditors is to check the implementation of the budget of the EU, monitor that the EU funds have been spent legally and with sound management, and to give the European Commission recommendations on improving the financial management of the EU.