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Tuesday, 07 June 2011

EU aid policy to target fewer states and good governance

EU aid should no longer be granted automatically but on account of “country needs, capacities, resources and commitments”, says a draft of the new European Commission strategy paper, a copy of which has been seen by the EUobserver. In it, the Commission wants to give a higher importance to democracy and human rights than before. “Democratisation, enhancing the role of parliaments, civil society participation, [and] scrutiny of public action […] should all be placed at the heart of the cooperation strategies with third countries,” says the paper. In some cases, the paper warns, aid to emerging economies like South Africa will be scaled back or stopped. In April, the Commission decided to allocate 70.7 € million less to development projects in 2012 after a thorough assessment of their performance.