Friday, April 27, 2012

Most EU Aid Goes To Richer Nations...Why am I not Surprised

Less than half of Europe's development aid budget goes to the neediest, low-income countries, MPs have warned.

A report by a House of Commons Committee has challenged the Government, which provided £1.23bn in aid via the EU in 2010, to demand tougher standards to make sure nations that really need help are getting it.

It found that 54% of EU aid for developing countries was going to countries that are relatively better-off, including Serbia and Turkey.

"Turkey has consistently been in the top five recipients of European Commission aid (£182m in 2010) as has Serbia (£178m in 2010)," the report says.

"British taxpayers want the aid they give to go to the places where it can make the most difference, to countries where millions of people are getting by on less than a pound a day," said Liberal Democrat MP Malcolm Bruce who chairs the International Development Committee.

Mr Bruce warned: "Giving aid to relatively rich countries like Turkey could devalue the concept of aid." Read More