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Kay Scheller - Präsident des Bundesrechnungshofes

President Kay Scheller

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German language start-up courses (section 421, German Social Code III)

Management Letter

German language start-up courses (section 421, German Social Code III)

Between October and December 2015, the field offices of the Federal Employment Agency were authorised to fund German language start-up courses, if these were necessary to support job integration. We have studied the requirements for the start-up courses set and implemented by the Federal Employment Agency.

“We acknowledge the efforts made by the Federal Employment Agency to foster integration of refugees in a difficult situation”, emphasizes Kay Scheller, President of the German SAI, when issuing the management letter. “Particularly in such a case, however, some baseline rules governing the design and implementation of language courses need to be in place.” In a similar future situation, the Federal Employment Agency should set the terms and conditions required to ensure that the aims of the measures taken can be achieved in the best way possible.

Measures taken to implement energy transition

Advisory Report

Measures taken to implement energy transition

“Energy policy from a single source“ is the slogan used by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy to implement the national task of energy transition. At federal government level, the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy has assumed lead responsibility for overall coordination of this task. However, the Federal Ministry can do more to adequately perform this role. Currently no coordinated exchange is taking place either within the Ministry or with other government departments or the German federal states. Apart from that, the Federal government does not have an overview of the financial impact of energy transition. Key questions such as “How much does energy transition cost the government?” or “How much should energy transition cost the government?” have not been asked and remain unanswered. The federal government cannot specify what impact individual energy policy measures have and how efficient they are. The strategic considerations governing energy transition give lower priority to the goals of energy security and affordability as compared to environmental impact. 

The  Bundesrechnungshof’s report on the steps taken to implement energy transition provides a large number of suggestions and recommendations for improvement.  On 28 April 2017, the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, a sub-committee of the Budget Committee held a concluding debate on the report. The Public Accounts Committee’s proposed resolution has taken up nearly all of the recommendations made by the Bundesrechnungshof.

Planning a new Fehmarn Sound Bridge

Advisory Report

Planning a new Fehmarn Sound Bridge

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure intends to decommission the existing Fehmarn Sound bridge and build a new bridge. The German SAI found major shortcomings in the relevant capital expenditure appraisal. The bridge is in a bad condition, also because the German Railways company has for many years neglected its duty of proper maintenance. As a result, the Public Accounts Committee demanded that the Ministry ensure the safe and smooth operation of the bridge until the structures designed to replace the former bridge are completed. As to the capital expenditure appraisal, the Committee wants the Ministry to include the option of retrofitting the existing bridge.

Combating VAT fraud

Special Report

Combating VAT fraud

“VAT fraud causes significant shortfalls in tax revenues. In order to effectively combat VAT fraud, European Member States need to work more closely together. They need to share information more speedily about presumptive fraud cases and increase the quality of their data”, said Kay Scheller, President of the Bundesrechnungshof, on the occasion of the publication of a joint report of the supreme audit institutions of Austria, Germany and Hungary on combating VAT fraud.

 Report on the proposed implementation of harmonised European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) in the Member States of the European Union

Advisory Report

Report on the proposed implementation of harmonised European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) in the Member States of the European Union

The European Commission plans to introduce a set of harmonised and binding European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) based on accrual accounting. Supplementary to the status report on the relevant facts and figures developed by the Federal Ministry of Finance (Budget Committee Paper 18/0027), the German Supreme Audit Institution (Bundesrechnungshof) advises the Budget Committee on the matter. In the present report, the Bundesrechnungshof discusses unresolved issues, chances and risks associated with the proposed EPSAS implementation.

Report on the Federal Government’s revenue from emissions trading

Advisory Report

Report on the Federal Government’s revenue from emissions trading

The aim of introducing emission rights was to reduce the emission of gases harming the climate. The Federal Government intended to use the revenues from emissions trading to finance additional expenditure on energy transition and climate protection. To make up for the declining revenue resulting from falling prices in emissions trading, the Federal Government needs to cut planned expenditure or raise funds from other sources. In its report, the German SAI outlines the opportunities and risks of emissions trading at the European level so that these may be adequately considered in the context of the federal budget and the Energy and Climate Fund.

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