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Nedjmi Ali

Member of the European Parliament,
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

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Nedzhmi ALI: Presentation of the Court of Auditors´ Annual report 2016


The budget, as annual financial framework of revenues and spending, is of significant importance for implementation of the EU´s policies. In this regard the ECA´s general conclusion that the revenue and payments for 2016 were legal and regular with some exceptions for the payments is a good news.

The estimated level of errors in the payments made from the EU budget for the last three years shows a clear trend of steady decrease from 4.4 to 3.1%. The bulk of the errors are concentrated within the areas of Economic, social and territorial cohesion, as well as in Competiveness for growth and jobs.

In ECA´s report there is early warning on a number of issues that we should be careful about. The challenges are mainly related to the budgetary and financial management. Delayed implementation of the programs could create at the end of the current programming period a huge backlog of outstanding payments.

We need a budget that provides more flexibility to respond to unforeseen events as financial problems, disasters and refugee crises. Efforts toward budget focussed on results should continue in order to achieve maximum effectiveness of spending the EU´s financial resources. 

Annual report 2016 on the Protection of the EU´s financial interests – Fight against fraud

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Exchange of views with Commissioner G. Oettinger


Thank you Mme Chair. Dear Mr. Pargneaux, colleagues, Commissioner,

Commissioner Oettinger, thank you for the comprehensive presentation on the status of protection of the EU financial interests in 2016. It is undisputable that in order effectively to fight the fraud a sound financial management of EU programmes should be in place. Equally important are the functioning of the preventive and corrective mechanisms and the actions taken by the Commission and Member-states to protect the EU budget from illegal or irregular expenditure and irregularities related to the revenue side of the budget.

In this context I would like several issues to be further clarified:

Firstly, very important is ensuring cost-effectiveness of the management and control systems. From this point of view the report doesn´t present clearly whether significant tangible results exist. Could you elaborate on the implementation of Result oriented antifraud strategies?

Secondly, the VAT gap report published in 2016 revealed a VAT gap of almost 160 bill. Euros. What is your opinion about the trends in this area especially after the adoption of the Commission´s action plan “Towards a single EU VAT area – Time to decide”? May we speak about substantial improvement fighting fraud in the VAT area?

Finally, considering the statistics of detected irregularities and fraud for the period 2012 – 2016 we can´t find a specific pattern showing stable trend. Could you explain the lack of a visible correlation between implementation of the strategies and the results during the five year period?  Results in terms of number of irregularities and related amounts of euros. 

Nedzhmi ALI: The EU Budget 2018 is extremely important in order to ensure investments in strategic sectors and sustainable growth

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The Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament insists on sufficient financial resources due to the price volatility of agricultural products.


Dear Mme Chair, Mr. Zeller, colleagues,

I would like to congratulate the rapporteur for the opinion on such an important issue for the European Union as the budget for the next year. We appreciate the approach of Mr. Zeller towards the assessment to what extend the Budget focussed on results approach has been incorporated within the Budget 2018. It is of particular importance if we are committed both to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of using the financial resources and at the same time to simplify the process of implementation and control and hence to decrease the level of irregularities.

In addition we could stress on several issues related to preparation of Budget 2018 that are characteristic in order to achieve the main policies and priorities of the EU:

Firstly – There is a need of proper response to the new challenges related to the complex geopolitical environment, from migration management to the protection of the EU’s external borders and the security of its citizens. If the budget is not able to ensure the needed resources in this area, implementation of the respective programmes will be very difficult. This will reflect on the consecutive control.

Secondly – While in 2018 cohesion policy programmes should reach a cruising speed that needs adequate appropriations, the delay of implementation of these programmes is unacceptable. We don´t want to experience again postponement of both implementation and payments until the last moment and the related increase of irregularities.

Thirdly – Let´s recall the general objectives of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): the promotion of viable food production, the sustainable management of natural resources and the balanced development of rural areas across the EU. In this regard the level of commitment appropriations requested for Heading 2 (almost 60 billion euros) represents 1.7% increase compared to the level of the 2017 budget. Payment appropriations increase is 2.6%. While the increase is not so substantial, we expect it to be maintained in order to ensure appropriate results from this important policy.

Fourthly – In relation to the unstable agricultural markets and climate changes there is a need in Budget 2018 to be envisaged enough margin to mitigate the consequences to the population due to the price volatility of agricultural products.

In conclusion,I would like to underline again the importance of the next year´s budget to ensure strategic investment and sustainable growth in order to support economic cohesion and create jobs, in particular for young people. This very high priority should be implemented through adequate distribution of the financial resources within the majority of policy areas of the European Union.

Nedzhmi ALI – Evaluation of external aspects of customs performance and management as a tool to facilitate trade and fight illicit trade


Thank you Madam Chair,

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to the rapporteur for the well-structured report and thanks for the detailed information from the Commissioner Dombrovskis.

The role that customs´services play in the global trading environment, coping with the damage done by illicit trade to the formal economy is undisputable. The illicit activities have a detrimental impact on economies in terms of growth, jobs, foreign investment and integrity of markets. At the same time they generate large sums for transnational organised crime.

In order to eliminate the negative influence, the quality and performance of customs´ controls on the transit of goods, particularly at ports and borders is of high priority. It is necessary to ensure that there are homogeneous control techniques among Member States for filtering at ports and borders by promoting modern, risk management-based control strategies.

Inclusion of anti-fraud clauses in Trade and investment agreements is necessary in order to protect the financial interests of the Union. We need closer customs cooperation, both within the Union and with third countries, as well as an effective sharing of statistical information related to EU import controls. Thus, in addition to preventing damage to the economy we will protect the health and safety of consumers, limiting the risks to society and markets.

Nedzhmi ALI- Rapporteur: Annual report 2015 on the Protection of the EU´s financial interests – Fight against fraud

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Thank you Mr Chair,

Commissioner Thyssen,

Dear colleagues,

First of all I would to congratulate the rapporteur for her comprehensive report and the Commissioner for her statement.

We are still struggling to overcome the effects of the recent financial and economic crisis and some of their consequences are associated with the decline in the confidence of the European citizens towards institutions. This increases dramatically the role of protection of Union’s financial interests as one of the most relevant ways to restore its attractiveness.

In the relevant Annual Report 2015 there are several aspects that are of utmost importance for the achievement of the main goal of protection EU´s financial interests:

Firstly, the total number of Irregularities detected both by the Commission and the Member states is increasing for a second consecutive year. While there could be different reasons for this fact including better control, increased level of spending, or simply a rise of fraudulent activities, we need a better preventive work of the institutions.

Secondly, the anti-fraud measures undertaken by the EU institutions and Member-states, should target both the revenue side and the expenditure side of the budget. The final goal is to secure a better revenue permitting implementation of stronger policies, while keeping the expenditure irregularities under control thus increasing the credibility of the institutions.

Thirdly, from managerial point of view we need a full implementation of “budget focused on results strategy”. In the process of designing and implementing management and control systems should be pursued cost-effectiveness. This means that the control strategies should target predominantly the areaswith higher riskand error rate. Thus the control would support the achievement of results without imposing an excessive administrative burden on beneficiaries.

Finally, I would like to underline again the importance of efforts of both European Commission and Members-states in the protection of EU’s financial interests. All of the fraudulent cases raise the public attention and damage the reputation of the Union. Proper functioning of the preventive and corrective mechanisms and adequate actions taken by the Commission´s services to protect the EU budget are indispensable in achieving major results in the fight against fraud.

Nedzhmi ALI- Rapporteur: Annual Report on the Control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank for 2015


First of all I would like to thank the shadow rapporteurs from all political groups for their constructive attitude and valuable contribution during the preparation of this Report.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is a longstanding financing partner of the EU institutions, contributing to EU integration, economic and social cohesion and regional development through dedicated investment instruments. The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) play a key role in complementing the EIB’s interventions. The catalytic effect of the EIB’s fund-raising is a key element in defining EU added value and ensuring that Europe remains a leading player worldwide in terms of competitiveness, innovation, infrastructure and attractiveness.

Based on the above mentioned, the main elements of the report are as follows:

Firstly – enhancing the sustainability of the EIB’s investment policy.

In 2015 were signed 77.5 billion Euros of operations, out of which 69.7 billion Euros went to EU member-states and 7.8 billion Euros went outside the EU. Consistency of EIB-financed activities with the EU’s general strategy and political priority areas is of undisputable importance.

The EIB is a core actor needed to revitalise the EU economy and maximise the effectiveness and value for money of available financial resources. It is necessary EIB systematically to pay attention to mid- and long-term effects when defining investment actions and its funding decisions and to invest in projects of systemic importance in the long term.

While there is a need to speed up economic recovery and help certain economic sectors and geographical areas catch up, it is important to have a balanced strategy with a dynamic and transparent geographical distribution of projects and investments among EU member-states. Also is important that the corresponding banks in the member-states, in order to facilitate the small and medium business, should act so as not to complicate the criteria and rules.

Secondly – monitoring the EIB’s impact in the implementation of key public policy areas.

The report on the results and impact of the EIB operations inside the EU in 2015 reveals that the investments are in the following key areas:

Innovation and skills; Small and medium Enterprises and mid-caps; Infrastructure and Environment.

EIB should continue to define its monitoring indicators in particular with regard to support the EU policies. Here comes also the importance of EIB´s contribution to the management of global issues.

Thirdly – monitoring of the EFSI’s added value and additionality.

The EFSI aims at leveraging through the EIB a total of 315 billion Euros in extra investment and new projects and EIB Group is developing various new products that will allow for higher risk taking.

In this regard, the result-driven investments should be regularly assessed through the scoreboard of indicators by the Investment Committee. The goal is to identify well-targeted projects in terms of their contribution to growth and jobs and to have an objective overview of their additionality, added value and consistency with Union policies.

Fourthly – deepening the EIB’s transparency, accountability and internal control as a prerequisite for better corporate governance.

EIB’s operations must be accompanied by greater transparency and deepened accountability so as to ensure genuine public scrutiny of its activities, project selection and funding priorities. Transparency in the implementation of EU policies leads to strengthening the EIB’s overall corporate accountability and credibility. It also contributes to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the funded projects alongside a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption in its loan portfolio.

It is important the EIB to pursue its fight against tax evasion, tax fraud and avoidance, irregular activities and money laundering. Having in mind the role of the EIB to finance a broad spectrum of activities inside and outside EU and the significance of this financing for the economic growth, is important this institution to fulfil its activities at highest possible standards.

Finally – regarding the previous recommendations of the Parliament, EIB should report on their state of play and status especially with respect to the impact of its lending activities.

Discharge 2015: General budget of the EU – European Parliament

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Dear Mme Chair, Mr. de Jong, colleagues,

Firstly, I would liketo express satisfaction with the very comprehensive and detailed report on the discharge of the European Parliament presented by the rapporteur. Covering all of the aspects of functioning from financial point of view for theParliament is important not only because here are concentrated as appropriations almost 20 % of heading V of the Multiannual Financial Framework.Visibility of the Parliamentary activities is very high and we should be very careful what would be their impact on the public opinion in Europe.

Going further, for us is important not only what is the level of spending during the year and the percentage of the detected irregularities, but also how the financial resource has been spent and what kind of results has been accomplished. This approach is incorporated in the report. I believe that these structures that have a better developed performance based budgeting should be encouraged to share their experience with the rest.

Finally, I would like again to raise the training issue of the personnel and the results achieved. For me is difficult to find information how these results could be measured, having in mind that we spend public resources for the training. We should have a system that is able to assess how the training system delivers the expected added value for the Parliament in quantifiable terms.