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2 July 2014
On 2 July 2014 the Netherlands Court of Audit sent a letter to the President of the Dutch House of Representatives.
In this letter we request attention for independent external control on the supervision on banks.
As off 4 November 2014 the European Central Bank (ECB) will supervise the 128 significant banks of the Eurozone.
From that moment on, the Netherlands Court of Audit can no longer audit the supervision on the significant banks in the Netherlands.
23 June 2014
There are different views on the financial health of the secondary education sector. According to the Secondary Education Council, schools are just keeping their heads above water but the General Union of Education (AOB) believes the sector is in perfect health. The State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science (OCW) asked the Court of Audit to examine the adequacy of the structural funding of secondary education. Our recent audit attempted to answer why some secondary schools can manage with the funding they receive and others cannot. The purpose of our audit was to determine to what extent the financial problems faced by some schools are caused by external factors or by internal factors, and to help future-proof the sector’s financial situation.
4 June 2014
Housing associations have attracted controversy in recent years for their alleged financial mismanagement. They are currently the subject of a parliamentary inquiry. We have audited how the supervision of social housing has functioned since 1996. Our audit report is intended to assist the inquiry committee by providing information on the supervision of social housing exercised by the Minister for Housing and the Central Government Sector (W&R). The Minister supervises the associations’ effective, efficient, regular and honest performance of their core public duty: building, managing and letting out sufficient affordable homes.
21 May 2014
The National Declaration 2014 accounts for the €1,286 million in EU funds that the Netherlands spent under shared management with the European Commission in 2013. In the Court of Audit’s opinion, the Declaration is in order. The government’s declaration to account for its use of the funds gives a good view of the management and use of EU funds in the Netherlands. However, it still contains no information on the Netherlands’ remittances to the EU. Despite our repeated requests for it to do so, the government does not wish to include this information in the National Declaration.
The Court of Audit also notes that there is a risk of EU funds being spent ineffectively and inefficiently. EU funds are first allocated to the member states. Only then does the Commission assess the programmes being funded. The Commission intends to manage more by results in the 2014-2020 programming period. The funds received by the member states will then be determined in part by the member states’ achieveme
22 April 2014
The Court of Audit has carried out a simulation to help prepare for the reform of long-term care. How will clients entitled to care under the Exceptional Medical Expenses Insurance scheme be cared for in the new regime? The simulation revealed the potential consequences of the reform of long-term care. Parliament needs this type of information to debate the reform of long-term care. The results of the simulation are presented in the report, Reform of the Exceptional Medical Expenses Insurance Scheme: a simulation of the consequences, which was published on 22 April 2014.
16 April 2014
The Court of Audit has recommended that a straightforward, up-to-date national map be compiled of the protected nature areas in the Netherlands. The public availability of such a map would be of benefit to the developers of construction projects. Construction work is permitted in a protected nature area only if compensation is provided elsewhere for any damage caused. In our 2007 report Protection of Nature Areas we had concluded that this statutory requirement to provide nature compensation was only partially observed and that the public authorities did not effectively supervise compliance. Our recent follow-up audit considered what improvements had been made in the meantime. We also investigated what information was available on nature compensation.