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Artur Kacprzak

EU: No Democracy, No Money

“… only those countries with a strong commitment to the strengthening of democratic institutions, human rights, transparency and the fight against corruption should receive emergency loans and grants from the EU”, stated Member of the European Parliament Metin, summing up his proposed changes to regulations regading EU financial aid.

Metin Kazak, 2010, author: ALDEADLE, source: flickr.com

On 24 May, the European Parliament adopted amendments tying EU’s funds to condition of democracy in an aided country. The regulations regard macro-financial assistance (MFA) – loans and grants for countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy, including EaP members. More than EUR 7.5 million has been allocated within the MFA framework since 1990, the main beneficiaries being Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The adopted text has a form of amendments authored by Bulgarian MEP Metin Kazak, who introduced them at the opening of an EP debate, saying: “Too often in the past this assistance has been granted with little concern for EU values, as with the assistance granted to Ukraine in 2002 and Tajikistan in 2000″. He added: “My report is clear, only those countries with a strong commitment to the strengthening of democratic institutions, human rights, transparency and the fight against corruption should receive emergency loans and grants from the EU”.

Source: enpi-info.eueuroparl.europa.eu

Translated by KD

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