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Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Contradiction between aid and security requirements?

Even if the European Union has long preached its intention of correlating its development co-operation, humanitarian aid, and security and defense actions, the policies and measures it developed risk running totally separate ways,  the EUobserver notes.
In the last years, the European Union (EU) – especially through its important policy papers “European Security Strategy” (2003) and the 2012 Agenda for Change - has affirmed its stance on increasing the link between security and aid objectives. The authors believe that this has been successfully put in practice, especially through the development of new funds, such as the Instrument for Stability or the African Peace Facility, as well as through  the creation of new institutions, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS).
However, EU’s measures risk contradicting themselves. The article gives as an example the situation in Egypt, where the European Commission and the EEAS allocated a budget of approximately €1 billion in aid between 2007 and 2013, “without tackling the country's endemic corruption and poor human rights record”.
This problem is caused mainly by the structure of the EU-intuitional structure, which favors duplication and fragmentation of activities: “the European Commission does the main EU-level work on development and humanitarian aid, while the EEAS and EU member states do intergovernmental work on security building”.
In this context, a new clear strategy is required, which can set in stone a co-ordination mechanism between the institution. The newspaper notes that “without it and without its implementation, the EU mantra that security and development should go together risk being hollow words”.

Source: EUobserver