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Parliamentary question - E-003720/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Lenarčič on behalf of the European Commission

The Financial Regulation[1] sets out detailed rules for the selection and award of funds to entities, based on objective criteria. In the case of humanitarian support, non-governmental organisations need to undergo an assessment of their systems, rules and procedures to become EU certified partners.

Islamic Relief Sverige and Islamic Relief Humanitäre Organisation in Deutschland e.V. meet the aforementioned criteria and are certified under the EU Humanitarian Partnership 2021-2027. Since their certification, neither organisation has received EU funding.

As a matter of principle, t he Commission does neither discriminate on grounds of religion or beliefs nor classify partner organisations based on religious affiliation.

The Commission takes a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to any misconduct by partner organisations receiving EU funds, including support for terrorism, and will immediately take action should it become aware of any proven evidence in this respect by excluding from Union financing entities guilty of terrorism financing or terrorism offences under the Early Detection and Exclusion System[2].

The safeguarding of the proper use of EU funds is further ensured by various mechanisms (e.g. suspension of contract or payments and contract termination) framed by the Financial Regulation and relevant agreements concluded with recipients of EU funds.

Additionally, all entities implementing EU funds have to comply with EU restrictive measures (EURM)[3]. An entity sanctioned by EURM is prohibited from receiving EU funding.

Last updated: 24 September 2021
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