Difficultly fulfilling duty of evaluation: ministers have not checked effectiveness of nearly half of multi-billion expenditure

Audits requested by ministries usually do not consider policy effectiveness

The Court of Audit found from a study of the period 2006-2010 that the effectiveness of only about half the expenditure ministers incur to achieve social objectives is evaluated. In 2010 €111 billion was spent on such objectives and the ministers evaluated the effectiveness of about €60 billion of the expenditure. The effectiveness of €51 billion was not evaluated, even though evaluations are required by law. The House of Representatives receives virtually no explanations from the ministers of why policy evaluations are not carried out, even if there are good reasons for not carrying them out.