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Parliamentary questions
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3 April 2019
E-001641-19
Question for written answer E-001641-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Olaf Stuger (ENF)

 Subject:  Theft of more than EUR 320 million from the national treasury of Gambia by its former President
 Answer in writing 

The former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, stole more than EUR 320 million from the state treasury while he was in power.

This has emerged from a two-year investigation into the former leader. The amount stolen could even be as much as EUR 900 million. This is according to a report by the international non-profit organisation Organic Crime and Corruption Reporting Project(1).

According to Gambia’s Minister of Justice, Jammeh used the money to fund his ‘pretentious and delusional lifestyle’. All this happened at the expense of ordinary people in Gambia.

1. In the light, inter alia, of the above reports, will the Commission immediately recover the more than EUR 69 million in development aid(2) that has been paid by taxpayers, including those in the Netherlands, or at least recover part of it?

2. Does the Commission agree with the PVV that distributing tax revenue to the most corrupt countries in the world is just asking for the kind of problems mentioned above? Gambia scores 3.7 on Transparency International’s Corruption Index, a seriously inadequate performance(3).

3. How much money from the aircraft and Rolls Royce cars sold will be refunded to the Commission and/or Member States ?

(1)https://nos.nl/artikel/2278167-oud-president-gambia-stal-ruim-320-miljoen-euro-uit-de-staatskas.html
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/countries/gambia_en
(3)https://www.transparency.org/country/GMB

Original language of question: NL 
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