The EUFINACCO Collaborative Research Network was co-founded in Boston, USA, in 2010 by Deusto prof. Maria Luisa Sánchez Barrueco, who currently holds the Coordination of the Network together with Paul Stephenson, from Maastricht University, and Hartmut Aden, from Berlin School of Economics and Law. This Network has grown continuously ever since that moment and, nowadays, 27 experts are offering their knowledge to the network in the field of financial accountability in the EU. EUFINACCO is also connected to the UACES European association as it gained status as UACES collaborative research network for the period 2015-2018. More information about the Network can be found on the blog.
Among the activities of EUFINACCO, there is the III EUFINACCO Workshop hosted by the Deusto Faculty of Law and organized by the SAPIA Jean Monnet Module held by Maria Luisa Sánchez Barrueco from the 31st January to 2nd February. During the event, numerous experts and professionals of the Network offered several conclusions on the subject that marked the title of the Workshop: the Financial accountability in the European Union institutions, policy and practice.
The event was opened by the Vice-dean of the Faculty of Law and member of the Jean Monnet Chair in “EU Economic and Legal integration for people”, Marta Enciso, who offered the stage to the first speaker, Hartmut Aden. Hartmut together with Gilberto Moggia, EU official at the European Court of Auditors, offered the first insight by explaining what accountability and the Court of Auditors are as well as their importance in this research project.
The following day, the Workshop was started by Gabriele Cipriani, also Official at the EU Court of Auditors, who explained the challenges of visibility of the EU Revenue and some possible solutions for integration through visibility. After this, Justyna Lacny (Polish Academy of Sciences), Andreea Hancu (Universitat de Valencia), Claudia Gloazzo (University of Strathclyde) and Maaike Damen-Koedijk (Tilburg University) offered their knowledge from a more practical perspective as they described the financial corrections, the EU Development fund or the financial instruments in the Cohesion Policy and the accountability process of the Cohesion Policy from the Dutch system. Likewise, Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway University of London) completed the accountability of EU Funds explaining the example of the European Fund for Strategic Investments. Finally, Paul Stephenson offered some remarks on the differences between the parliamentary scrutiny and the audit process of the EU Court of Auditors and Maria Luisa commented the many issues regarding accountability in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.
The last day was dedicated to a gathering of all the speakers who were present at the III EUFINACCO Workshop.
For more information on Financial accountability in the EU, visit the living bibliography created with the publications and work of the members of EUFINACCO.