"The president of the European Court of Auditors, Vitor Caldeira, has said that the EU's accounts cannot be given a clean bill of health for the 19th year in row. Presenting the Court's annual report to the Budgetary Control Committee on 5 November 2013, he said the error rate for EU budget spending had increased from 3.9% to 4.8%, the third year in a row that there has been an increase. He said that rural development, the environment and fisheries saw the highest error rate, followed by regional policy, energy and transport. However, Mr Caldeira noted that 'it is not always the actors that are to be blamed, sometimes it is the script that they are given,' saying that the whole system of accounting was to blame rather than individual institutions."
An accounting system not based on double entry bookkeeping is wide open to corruption, which is why Brussels does not use double entry bookkeeping.