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In the face of Brexit, it has become more important than ever that every euro spent at the European level creates a clear added value for its citizens. On the eve of a new multiannual financial framework, the Union must now position itself well to meet the challenges it will face in the years ahead. It is against this same background that President Klaus-Heiner Lehne argued that the European Court of Auditors must re-calibrate its position in the institutional system and embrace the required changes in order to future-proof itself.

About the Speaker:

Klaus-Heiner Lehne has been the President of the European Court of Auditors since October 2016. He is a former Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs. Prior to this, he was a Member of the German Parliament and a lawyer. In 1999-2009 he worked as EPP Group coordinator for the Committee on Legal Affairs. Klaus-Heiner Lehne also worked as a lecturer in European law at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University Cologne. He studied law, physics and philosophy in Freiburg, Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf.