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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) (debate)

  Laima Liucija Andrikienė (PPE). – Madam President, I would like to thank both rapporteurs for their excellent work. Pre-accession assistance – billions of euros – is at the same time an investment in the future of the EU, making Europe safer and more prosperous by supporting the stability and prosperity of our closest neighbours and contributing to their EU accession process. Enlargement policy gives a strong push to economic integration with the EU, while agreements with the enlargement countries have liberalised trade for almost all goods.

IPA III is the instrument which supports applicant countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey in implementing reforms, fighting corruption, fostering economic development and the functioning of a market economy, as well as improving the investment climate. However, while supporting EU neighbours and their accession process, the conditionality of IPA III assistance should also be strengthened. A possibility of suspending pre—accession assistance in cases of breaches of the principles of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights should be clear and send a strong signal to those countries.

Last updated: 26 June 2019Legal notice