The EU president told the Europe’s Court of Auditors that he wants it to ensure that its findings get positive headlines and preach the benefits of European spending worth over £110 billion a year.
“Your reports are not released into a void but into the rough and tumble of political life and media reporting,” he said on Thursday night. “Every year, they generate headlines that ‘yet again the EU’s accounts have not been signed off’, with deceptive allegations of fraud and mismanagement. You and I know that such headlines can be misleading.
“Given this media handling of information, and its impact on public opinion in some countries, the court might want to give some further thought as to how it can encourage more nuanced reporting.”
Rather missing the point of what auditors are supposed to do really.
The EU already has the politicians and the PR bods to say how lovely everything is. The auditors are there to say how efficiently the money is being spent and that’s it. So that’s what they should report on, no more.