Court of Auditors Special Report No.2019/19: INEA: benefits delivered but CEF shortcomings to be addressed
1. This document is a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) on their audit of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency’s (INEA) management of their delegated EU spending programmes.
2. The ECA has selected INEA for auditing because of the size of the budget it manages, and because they have never audited the Agency before. The timing of the audit has been chosen so that the ECA can contribute to the renewed legal framework for the proposed CEF II programme.
3. INEA was set up for the 2014-2020 programme period to implement parts of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) programmes. It replaced and succeeded the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency. The CEF Programme is divided in three sectors: Transport (CEF-T), Energy (CEF-E) and Telecommunications (CEF-ICT). This means that INEA responds to four ‘parent’ Commission directorates-general’: DGMOVE, DG ENER, DG CNET, DG RTD. The audit concentrated on INEA’s contribution in relation to the CEF Programme and did not cover H2020 or legacy programmes.
4. As part of the process, the ECA interviewed INEA, parent DGs and other stakeholders, including external evaluators, TEN-T European Coordinators and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). The ECA also attended meetings such as CEF Transport Committee, INEA Advisory Group and INEA’s Steering Group.