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Parliamentary questions
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24 August 2016
Question for written answer E-006306-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF) , Steeve Briois (ENF)

 Subject:  Embezzlement of EU humanitarian aid intended for Tindouf camps in Algeria
 Answer in writing 

A report by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) published in 2015 uncovered large-scale embezzlement of EU humanitarian aid intended for the Tindouf camps in Algeria. Between 1994 and 2004 the EU granted aid amounting to EUR 105 million to the inhabitants of the Tindouf camps and particularly the refugees from the Western Sahara conflict.

However, there seems to have been systematic embezzlement of some of the aid, under the direction of a number of Sahrawi dignitaries and some Algerian authorities. In a hearing in July 2015, DG ECHO’s Director-General stated that Algeria imposes a tax of 5% on the EUR 10 million in humanitarian aid sent to the Tindouf camps every year. According to one estimate, this means that the EU has paid between EUR 10 and 15 million in tax to Algeria over the past 30 years.

A resolution on this matter which I co-signed was tabled in March 2015 (B8-0297/2015) but was not adopted.

What action has the Commission taken since the report was published?

Has the humanitarian aid for the Tindouf camps been suspended since publication of the report? Has Algeria given an explanation for the embezzlement? Has a transparent census of the inhabitants of the camps been carried out?

Original language of question: FR 
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