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Parliamentary questions
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4 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002630-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Zanni (ID) , Antonio Maria Rinaldi (ID) , Marco Campomenosi (ID) , Massimo Casanova (ID) , Matteo Adinolfi (ID) , Annalisa Tardino (ID) , Lucia Vuolo (ID)

 Subject:  Transparency regarding EU funds managed by NGOs
 Answer in writing 

According to Special Report 35/2018 of the European Court of Auditors, 1.7% of the EU budget and 6.8% of the European Development Funds are being managed by NGOs, approximately EUR 11.3 billion having been made available by the Commission during the 2014-2017 period.

The report went on to observe that:
The Commission had not been sufficiently transparent about the use of EU funding by NGOs;
The Commission’s accounting system operated on self-declared NGO status alone subject to inadequate scrutiny;
Information regarding EU funding managed by NGOs was inconsistent. In particular, the Commission was not fully informed about international NGO networks and indirect management projects in connection with external action;
Commission monitoring was hampered by lack of information.
In view of:
The worrying Commission shortcomings registered by the European Court of Auditors;
Suspicions of collusion between NGOs and traffickers in the Mediterranean;
The answer to Question E-000612/2019, which indicates that the list of recipients of EU contracts will not be available before 2021;

Can the Commission give its assurance that EU funding being channelled through NGOs, especially in the context of external action, is not being used to indirectly finance organisations linked to crime, money laundering, terrorism or human trafficking in the Mediterranean?

Original language of question: IT 
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