“The audit for the European Union has not been written off in 20 odd years”
BBC Question Time audience member, 20 October 2016
It depends on what you think ‘written off’—or ‘signed off’—means.
It’s a bit like having a bank account that accurately records the transactions you’ve made, but some of them still shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
In 2015 the European Court of Auditors—which checks the EU’s accounts—found just under 4% of spending was affected by some kind of error. The most common kind is when people claim for costs they’re ineligible for.
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