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Parliamentary questions
5 July 2018
E-002271/2018
Answer given by Mr Mimica on behalf of the Commission

1. . The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa(1) (The Fund) has been established for five years. It implements short, medium and long-term actions. The EU and its Member States plans to collectively evaluate its results before 2020 and agree on the way forward. Any decision to extend it beyond 31 December 2020 has to be taken by the Strategic Board.

2. . The Fund operates through shorter processes than other instruments, in particular in the identification, formulation and contracting phases. The time lapse between the review by the Quality Support Group and approval by the Operational Committee is 33 days on average and 180 days between approval and contracting (320 and 474 days for the EU Budget and the European Development Fund). The Commission and implementing partners are working to further speed up the implementation pace.

There is no evidence that the use of delegated cooperation within the Fund induces higher management costs than other modes of implementation.

3. . The identification of the Fund actions is the result of an intense and early dialogue with partner countries, Member States and potential implementers. Trust Fund managers submit the selected actions to the Operational committees, whose members openly discuss proposed projects and decide whether to approve them or not. It is not a place for lobbying, as implementing partners are, in most cases, identified prior to the presentation in the committee. In addition, programmes are adopted by consensus.

Activities funded by it are implemented by EU Member States’ development agencies (43% of signed contracts), international and local non-governmental organisations (22%), and international/United Nations organisations (27%).

There is no indication of potential conflict of interest in the governance of the Fund.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/eu-emergency-trust-fund-africa-20171218_en.pdf

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