Calls for Transparency on UK Scientific Advice

The UK Government has faced calls for greater transparency over the scientific advice given to ministers on the coronavirus outbreak. The calls came after it was revealed that the Prime Minister’s top aide, Dominic Cummings, had been attending meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Ministers have said they are following ‘the best…

Stop Russian Aggression

The following statement by the Ukrainian Expert Community on the Report “Peace in Ukraine I: A European War”, authored by the International Crisis Group is published here in full. The Report “Peace in Ukraine I: A European War”, authored by the International Crisis Group (ICG, Brussels, Belgium) dated April 28, 2020, proposes to solve the…

Proper Audit Needed for Energy Efficiency Projects

Cost-effectiveness is not a determining factor for allocating public funding to energy efficiency measures in residential buildings, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.  Despite improved guidance from the European Commission, EU-funded projects still do not focus on achieving the greatest potential energy savings per euro invested.  The overall contribution of…

China and Russia Accused of Spreading Disinformation about COVID-19

MEPs and High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell will discuss the latest report by the European External Action Service about disinformation on COVID-19, tomorrow 30 April. The aim of the report published by the European External Action Service (EEAS) on 24 April, is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation…

WHO advice on response to COVID-19

The WHO has published guidance on adjusting public health and social measures for the next phase of the COVID-19 response. Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate” that would enable individuals to travel…

Preserving Europe’s Heritage

Several European initiatives have been developed to promote cultural sites. But their coordination with funding arrangements is too limited and EU investments lack focus on the preservation and financial sustainability of cultural sites, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. In addition, cultural investments are not treated as a priority, but…

10 Years of Orban makes Hungary’s Democracy pear-shaped

A new survey finds 50% of Hungarians think democracy and press freedom has worsened in the last 10 years Conducted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions it revealed that 50% of Hungarians think that democracy and freedom of the press have worsened under Viktor Orban’s rule. Only 16% and 17% of respondents respectively said the situation…

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a report on the progress made in implementing its strategy for the period 2018 to 2020.

The ECA works on the basis of multi-annual strategies. Its 2018-2020 strategy, adopted in July 2017, focuses on fostering trust in the EU through independent audit and providing insight into what works in the EU and what does not. In 2019, a team of peers from the Supreme Audit Institutions of Estonia (Riigikontroll), Denmark (Rigsrevisionen), the Netherlands (Algemene…