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Parliamentary questions
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3 December 2018
E-006101-18
Question for written answer E-006101-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
André Elissen (ENF)

 Subject:  Free cash for most corrupt country in Europe
 Answer in writing 

The European Commission has decided to give EUR 500 million to Ukraine. The money is meant to be used to further ‘economic stability and structural reform’(1). This brings the total amount of aid from the Commission since 2014 to EUR 3.3 billion. Support programmes worth billions of euros are also planned for the coming years. At the end of 2016, the European Court of Auditors(2) concluded that Ukraine is still considered to be the most corrupt country in Europe. According to the Court of Auditors, it remains to be seen whether the substantial European aid will yield ‘any results’.

1. Does the Commission share the view of the Court of Auditors that is difficult if not impossible to indicate what the impact is of the billions in aid from the European Commission? If not, why not?

2. Does the Commission consider Ukraine to be the most corrupt country in Europe? If not, which country is?

3. How many more reports from the Court of Auditors indicating the gigantic corruption in Ukraine does the Commission still need before it will stop handing out European tax money to this country?

(1)‘EU geeft half miljard aan Oekraïne’ (30 November 2018): https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/2862302/eu-geeft-half-miljard-aan-oekraine
(2)‘Ondanks EU-geld: Oekraïne meest corrupte land van Europa’ (7 December 2016): https://www.elsevierweekblad.nl/buitenland/achtergrond/2016/12/ondanks-eu-geld-oekraine-meest-corrupte-land-van-europa-413099/

Original language of question: NL 
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