|PROPOSAL FOR A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DECISION|
on the nomination of Bettina Jakobsen as a Member of the Court of Auditors
(C8-0332/2017 – 2017/0816(NLE))
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Article 286(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C8-0332/2017),
– having regard to Rule 121 of its Rules of Procedure,
– having regard to the report of the Committee on Budgetary Control (A8-0341/2017),
A. whereas Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control proceeded to evaluate the credentials of the nominee, in particular in view of the requirements laid down in Article 286(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union;
B. whereas at its meeting of 26 October 2017 the Committee on Budgetary Control heard the Council’s nominee for membership of the Court of Auditors;
1. Delivers a favourable opinion on the Council’s nomination of Bettina Jakobsen as a Member of the Court of Auditors;
2. Instructs its President to forward this decision to the Council and, for information, the Court of Auditors, the other institutions of the European Union and the audit institutions of the Member States.
|ANNEX 1: CURRICULUM VITÆ OF Bettina Jakobsen|
|ANNEX 2: SUMMARY BY Bettina Jakobsen OF EXPERIENCE AS A COURT MEMBER AND OBJECTIVES FOR A FUTURE MANDATE|
During my two years as Member I have been responsible for six published special reports:
1. No 6/2016: Eradication, control and monitoring programmes to contain animal diseases.
2. No 18/2016: The EU system for the certification of sustainable biofuels.
3. No 30/2016: The effectiveness of EU support to priority sectors in Honduras.
4. No 34/2016: Combating Food Waste: an opportunity for the EU to improve the resource-efficiency of the food supply chain.
5. No 9/2017: EU support to fight human trafficking in South/South-East Asia.
6. No 11/2017: The Bêkou EU trust fund for the Central African Republic: a hopeful beginning despite some shortcomings.
In addition, I have actively contributed to the Court’s work as:
• Member of a working group responsible for the reorganisation of the Court. It included an update of the chamber structure to better reflect the Court’s priorities and ensure more flexibility in the planning and implementation of audit tasks.
• Member of the Court’s Audit Quality Control Committee which is responsible for ensuring the quality and coherence of our special reports.
• Chair of a working group which organised the Members’ annual seminar in September 2017 on the strategic development of the Court, focussing on different aspects of performance auditing.
• Member of a number of recruitment panels for managers, resulting in the selection of nine Principal Managers, six of which are women. The Court has a very talented pool of staff and I am a keen advocate of improving our gender balance.
Well-functioning public-sector auditing is crucial for ensuring accountability and transparency towards citizens. My objectives for a future mandate would be to continue to use my more than 25 years of public-sector audit experience to promote and carry out audits which can have a positive impact on the lives of citizens.
I will continue to encourage improvements in both governance and audit arrangements. In this context, I consider it essential to have close and constructive cooperation with the Court’s stakeholders, such as the Parliament and, in particular, CONT, which are important collaborators when it comes to upholding an adequate audit mandate of all EU funds.
As a Member of the Audit Quality Control Committee, I contribute to the production of relevant, timely and robust special reports, which can be relied upon by our stakeholders. My objective would be to continue to increase the quality and impact of our special reports.
In a future mandate, I would focus on external action, security and justice which are the areas that I am currently auditing. In my opinion, the Court could play a bigger role in these areas, not only in terms of providing assurance and independent assessments of policies and funds to our political stakeholders, but also contributing to the security and trust of EU citizens. My objective would be to ensure that the Court addresses all risks to the EU and its citizens when we prioritise and plan our audits and that we have the technical capacity to do so.
|PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE|