In addition to the regular scientific-technical and financial monitoring of projects, the European Commission performs audits of contractors. The Commission can at any time during the contract and up to five years after the end of the project, arrange for audits to be carried out, by its departments and by external reviewers.
The audits can cover scientific, financial, technological and other aspects relating to the proper execution of the project and the contract. Audits are carried out on a confidential basis and amounts due to the Commission, may be the subject of a recovery.
The contractors will provide the Commission with all the detailed data that may be requested by the Commission. Contractors will ensure that at all reasonable times access will be given to both the Commission and to any outside body(ies) to their respective offices and that necessary information will be made available. The European Court of Auditors has the same rights as the Commission. On-the-spot checks and inspections may be carried out.
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