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Parliamentary questions
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24 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002271-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) , Elly Schlein (S&D)

 Subject:  Critical report on the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
 Answer in writing 

The study entitled ‘Oversight and management of EU Trust Funds’, commissioned by the Committee on Budgetary Control, is critical regarding the EU trust funds, one of which is the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (ETFA).

This study is critical of the ‘emergency’ nature of the ETFA and the added value of this approach. There is also criticism regarding the set-up of the boards and operational committees.

1. Under what circumstances would the Commission consider the ‘emergency’ for which the ETFA was set up to be ‘over’, and is there a strategy for returning from this ETFA structure to normalised cooperation with African countries on tackling the root causes of migration? If so, what does that strategy look like?

2. What is the Commission’s response to the criticism that there is no firm evidence that implementing the ETFA is quicker than using regular instruments and that the ETFA comes with rather high overall management costs? What does this mean for the added value of the ETFA?

3. How does the Commission evaluate the set-up of the ETFA’s operational board, whereby Member States lobby for and vote on projects that they then refer to their implementing agencies to execute? What does this mean for (im)partiality, and does the Commission foresee any changes in the future?

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