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The European Commission’s Crisis Management

The European Court of Auditors’ special report “Financial assistance provided to countries in difficulties” criticizes the European Commission’s crisis management and suggests the following:

  • The Commission should establish an institution-wide framework allowing the rapid mobilization of the Commission’s staff and expertise if a financial assistance programme emerges. The Commission should also develop procedures in the context of the ‘two-pack’ regulations.
  • The forecasting process should be subject to more systematic quality control.
  • To ensure the factors underlying programme decisions are internally transparent, the Commission should enhance record-keeping and pay attention to it during quality reviews.
  • The Commission should ensure that proper procedures are in place for the quality review of programme management and of the content of programme documents.
  • For budget monitoring purposes, the Commission should include, in memoranda of understanding, variables that it can collect with short time lags.
  • The Commission should distinguish conditions by importance and target the truly important reforms.
  • For any future programmes, the Commission should attempt to formalize interinstitutional cooperation with other programme partners.
  • The debt management process should be more transparent.
  • The Commission should further analyse the key aspects of the countries’ adjustment.