Minister De Jager has voted against the adoption (discharge) of the implementation of the EU budget for 2010, together with his colleagues from the United Kingdom and Sweden. This was the first time that three countries voted against.
In a joint statement, the three Ministers emphasised the importance of prudent financial management of the European budgetary means, certainly in the current times. They point out that the European Court of Auditors has not been able to issue a positive statement for the 17th year in a row and that the percentage of errors has increased. The Member States should take the quality of the expenses via the EU budget as serious as that via the national budgets, according to the Ministers.
Each year the EU Member States have to give their approval to the implementation of the EU budget by the European Commission. Yesterday the European Ministers of Finance held a meeting to that end in Brussels.