With my colleague Koert DeBeuf with ALDE during my exile in Brussels.

With my colleague Koert DeBeuf with ALDE during my exile in Brussels.

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE): Verhofstadt calls for fundamental change to EU aid for Egypt

ALDE Leader, Guy Verhofstadt has called for a fundamental change in the way the EU’s financial aid to Egypt is managed following a damning report by the Court of Auditors on the way the EEAS has managed the approximately 1 billion euro fund for Egypt during the period 2007-2013. The report says that “The audit found that overall the Commission and the EEAS have not been able to manage EU support to improve governance in Egypt effectively”. It also states that “changes will not be effective unless the Commission is stricter in applying its conditionality”.

 

Guy Verhofstadt said “What we have been saying already for a long time has now been proven by this report.  The EU is not taking its conditionality seriously regarding Egypt.  The EU failed to suspend aid to Egypt when President Morsi grabbed even more power in November 2012 nor when 43 NGO workers were sentenced to jail.  This inaction by the EU makes a joke of its human rights policy”…

 

… “If we ignore the demands from ordinary citizens for more for ‘European values’ such as human rights, liberty and dignity, we have to do much more than repackaging the same neighbourhood programmes which were in place before the Arab Spring when these countries were under dictatorships. If we do not then we should not be surprised that the Arab youth become deeply disillusioned  by Europe and turn their backs  on the EU”…