European Union aid to halt migration is so poorly managed that EU officials are unable to say how much has been spent, a new report by the European Court of Auditors has found.
An estimated €1.4 billion of EU overseas aid was spent in countries such as Algeria, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco and Ukraine on Europe’s periphery in order to halt migration between 2007 and 2013. But the report warned the projects are poorly designed, badly managed, chaotically supervised and, as a result, are often ineffective.
Responding UKIP’s Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said, “The findings of this report should worry everyone, particularly the EU Leaders meeting in Brussels to discuss the latest Turkey Migrant Treaty which contracts the UK Government to give Turkey £500M as part of a £4.6B aid deal. The fact that this aid package is so large and the agreement on the swap of Syrian refugees from Turkey with economic migrants who have illegally arrived in the EU is so complicated means that there are plenty of opportunities for more waste and corruption.
“As the UK is paying over 10% of the total, David Cameron should demand that British civil servants administer the aid programme as it is obvious that the EU is incapable of properly tracking how aid money is used. If the rest of the EU doesn't agree to this Britain should refuse to contribute to the Turkey deal which is seriously flawed in any case. We simply cannot keep ignoring reports like this and committing UK taxpayers money to EU projects that are doomed to fail from the start.”