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Egypt: 1 Billion in EU Aid to Promote Human Rights Has "Done Little"


World  (tags: Egypt, Corruption, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Aid, EU, europe, government )

Rob and J
- 402 days ago - ft.com
it acknowledged "an increased aversion towards civil society and human rights more broadly" in Egypt since the 2011 uprising & resistance to programmes to stamp out corruption and protect human rights. 60% of funds are unaccounted for.



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Rob and Jay B. (122)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 1:53 am
Here's the full story:

The €1bn in EU aid supplied to Egypt over the past seven years has done little to achieve its stated aims of improving democracy and human rights in the country, according to a damning assessment by the bloc’s spending watchdog.
The European court of auditors found that the new Egyptian government that swept to power in the wake of popular uprisings in 2011 had – if anything – demonstrated even less interest than its predecessor in EU-sponsored programmes to foster civil society and protect the rights of women and minorities.
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It also warned that Brussels was unable to track about 60 per cent of the aid money after it was transferred to Egyptian government coffers, raising concerns about widespread fraud and mismanagement.
“They do not fulfil the conditions at all – and nevertheless, the money is given,” said Karel Pinxten, the court of auditors official who oversaw the review, and is urging the EU to overhaul the policy.
The report suggests that the EU continues to fumble a decades-old effort to craft an effective policy to improve governance and generate economic growth in a vital region on its southern doorstep.
The most recent incarnation of the bloc’s so-called “neighbourhood policy” was unveiled in 2004 with the philosophy that Brussels would give more aid money to governments that delivered on reform and withhold it from those that did not.
The initiative gained greater urgency after the wave of popular uprisings that rocked north Africa and the Middle East two years ago, turning out authoritarian governments and opening the way for a new approach by the EU.
As the largest country in the Arab world and one of the EU’s biggest recipients of foreign aid, Egypt has been a particular priority. The EU has allocated about €1bn to Cairo between 2007 and 2013 – the period covered by the audit.
Yet the court of auditors found that the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, and the European external action service, its diplomatic service, “have not been able to manage EU support to improve governance in Egypt effectively,” according to a copy obtained by the Financial Times.
“The commission took quite a few initiatives. But taking initiatives is one thing – getting results is something else,” Mr Pinxten said.
He also noted the resistance to programmes to stamp out corruption and protect human rights shown by Hosni Mubarak, the long-time Egyptian ruler, as well as the current Islamist government led by Mohamed Morsi.
“It’s quite clear under the period of Mubarak but also now under Morsi, from the Egyptian side, there was not a high degree of willingness to go along with the commission. And that’s an understatement,” Mr Pinxten said.
A formal reply by the commission generally accepted the report’s findings but said it did not “take sufficiently into consideration the local political context” and argued more time was needed to see results.
Nonetheless, it acknowledged “an increased aversion towards civil society and human rights more broadly” in Egypt since the 2011 uprising.
The report is likely to spur a fresh debate about the merits of EU foreign aid – particularly at a time of budget cuts in Europe.
Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European parliament, said the report showed the EU human rights policy to be “a joke” and demanded that the bloc be more forceful about suspending aid.
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Rob and Jay B. (122)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:02 am
This is an outrage considering the needs of millions of EU citizens, especially in the South, who are desperate for jobs and help as many lose their homes and livelihoods in this economic crisis, and many lose their unemployment benefits after not finding jobs within a certain period of time in a very difficult jobs market.

That wasted Billion Euros could be much better spent in "aiding" the people from whose pockets it has come from and who now need it desperately.
 

Carola May (20)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:32 am
I agree totally with you Rob and Jay. It IS an outrage to send money to backward primitive bigots intent on forcing their own brand of religious, tribal, superstitious lunacy on others as the Muslim Brotherhood is doing in all the countries it has conquered for Islam in the so-called "Arab Spring" (now "Winter").

That money could be helping those who really need it right here at home instead of imposing 'austerity' measures which only destroy more jobs and create more unemployment. Reaganism and Thatcherism at work and we are all paying a heavy price except for the 1% who are raking in the profits.

No more EU money to Islamists to try to buy their good will. They don't have any!
 

Hilary S. (44)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:08 am
people seem to labour under the illusion that money and gifts will somehow change islamist regimes' negative views of the west, despite this being disproven time and again. it really is a form of madness. or blindness.
 

John J. (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:33 am
@Rob and Jay B
"That wasted Billion Euros could be much better spent in "aiding" the people from whose pockets it has come from and who now need it desperately. "
Totally agree-- islam is a noxious unchangeable entity that government should never entertain any charitable thoughts towards. I am sick of their lies and their taken out of context quotes from Satan,s handbook
We must be governed by fools
 

Proud Infidel (7)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 3:54 am
Corrupt islamist societies, accepting money with a greedy smile and backstabbing the giver at first chance given. Stop aiding these retarded societies, and ban islam! We have ZERO to gain from it!
 

Phyllis Baxter (40)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 7:28 am
Foreign aid: Taking money from poor people in rich countries to give to rich people in poor countries. Simples.
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 8:26 am
This simply serves to remind us again of how useless the EU parliament and its members are and why the EU is financially on its knees.
 

Berny p. (23)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 8:49 am

That wasted Billion Euros could be much better spent in "aiding" the people from whose pockets it has come from and who now need it desperately.
HOW VERY VERY VERY TRUE!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 2:12 pm
Great comment Bernard.
 

Beth S. (319)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 6:00 pm
We are slaves to the Arabs. They snap their fingers, tell us how much they want, and we do their bidding. Anyone who actually believed this money help "human rights" to people that can't fathom what that means and thought it would help ought to be in comedy or under heavy-duty psychiatric care.
 

Stan B. (124)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 9:48 pm
Egypt and Syria are both failed states. Giving them more aid is a total waste. I'd prefer to see it used to help unemployed young people in countries like Spain and Greece.
 

Billie C. (2)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 10:01 pm
nothing like pouring money down a rat hole.
 

Sara V. (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 10:56 pm
Money doesn't change morals in any society.
 

Sara V. (0)
Thursday June 20, 2013, 11:02 pm
"It IS an outrage to send money to backward primitive bigots intent on forcing their own brand of religious, tribal, superstitious lunacy on others"

Excuse me, Carola May, but that sounds bigoted.

There are good people there, and good people who are Muslims, not to mention many good people who belong to tribes who just want to live their own lives without interference. Also, one person's superstition is another's religion, and "primitive" society is in some ways preferable to our own. You can't paint with such a broad brush without being a bigot yourself.
 

Vanessa Hooper (48)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:34 pm
An admin comment -- I really don't like Care2 sending me to a story I can't read! I am not prepared or willing to pay a subscription fee to the Financial Times. I come here to get away from corporate greed.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday June 21, 2013, 5:46 pm
Why am I not surprised at this? Why would anyone have expected anything better than what's actually happened? Democracy stands little chance against an Islamic government.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Friday June 21, 2013, 7:10 pm
I wonder where the 1 billion EU really ended up. I am sure that the poor did not see a penny.
 

june t. (63)
Friday June 21, 2013, 11:48 pm
thanks Rob and Jay, for posting the story
 

Veerle D. (78)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 10:10 am
See some other disturbing news on Egypt here : Millions of endangered birds killed each year in Egypt : sign the petition
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:16 pm
Thank you.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Friday June 28, 2013, 8:24 pm
Obama
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 9:34 am
Not surprised
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Monday March 3, 2014, 10:24 am
Any con artist worth their salt knows that to relieve the mark of their money requires a "hook". There are many successful “hooks” but one of the best is the vision of a suffering person especially a child. Truly successful con artists like any other criminals are the ones who are never caught and best of all never even identified. Politics and charitable organisations whether government or not are wonderful hidden operating venues for the most successful of all con-artists. The EU charity pipeline at its high level management source and its aided country’s receiving end top management structure contains much fertile “conning” ground. Across from Egypt the likes of Arafat and his successors have in the past and still today pocket millions of EU aid to say nothing of the more than generous fees of the EU management at source.
 
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