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Parliamentary questions
22 March 2013
E-003303-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roger Helmer (EFD)

 Subject:  EU aid to Palestine
 Answer(s) 

The EU is, according to the European External Action Service’s website, the largest donor of financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority(1), and therefore has considerable responsibility.

While there is little doubt that Palestinians experience hardship and assistance is needed, it is also alleged that the Palestinian Authority continues to misappropriate funds:
1. What measures have been taken by the Commission to address the recommendations made by the OLAF report of 2004(2)?
2. Can the Commission provide evidence that EU aid funds can no longer be misappropriated by the Palestinian Authority?

While I am aware that basic data is provided on EU grants to Palestine, I am also informed that substantial documentation on grants relating to organisations involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict remains hidden. Can the Commission explain why there is a lack of transparency in this instance?

(1) http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/eu_westbank/political_relations/index_en.htm
(2) http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/media-corner/press-releases/press-releases/2005/20050317_01_en.htm

 OJ C 12 E, 16/01/2014
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