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EUs revisorer har foretatt en gjennomgang av de 8 milliarder kroner som unionen har gitt Egypt de siste syv år. Resultatet er nedslående. Pengene har ikke hatt noen merkbar effekt. Korrupsjonen og menneskerettsbruddene er like graverende.

Det er dårlig reklame for et regime som ønsker 4.8 milliarder dollar i lån fra Pengefondet.

The €1 billion in aid given to Egypt by the European Union over the past seven years has been virtually ineffective in combating the country’s endemic corruption and human rights violations, according to an assessment by the European Union’s Court of Auditors.

Evaluating the aid’s impact on key areas of governance in Egypt, the report found that even after Egypt’s 2011 uprising new governments have done little or nothing to improve democracy, budget transparency or human rights– all key issues that propelled the revolt against ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

“The ‘softly softly’ approach has not worked, and the time has come for a more focused approach which will produce meaningful results and guarantee better value for the European taxpayers’ money” Mr. Karel Pinxten, the ECA member responsible for the report said in a statement.

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EU-kontrollen er misfornøyd med at Brorskapet har fortsatt samme politikk som under Mubarak: fremdeles er militærbudsjettet holdt utenom statsbudsjettet og hemmelig. Det samme gjelder presidentens budsjett. Et eget fond på mange milliarder pund er det heller ingen som vet hva går til. Denne doble bokføringen kan vanskeliggjøre nye lån til Egypt.

 

Presidential expenses and military expenditure still aren’t declared in the country’s budget. Egyptian authorities continue to hold at least 36 billion Egyptian pounds (€4 billion) outside the state’s budget in a so-called “special funds” cache and its exact size and usage purpose are unknown, according to the report.

“No progress has been made in reforming external auditing. The Central Auditing Organization (CAO), the Supreme Audit Institution in Egypt, reported directly to President Mubarak and its audit reports are largely secret. The CAO’s lack of reform and transparency is a serious impediment to improving Public Finance Management,” the statement added. The rights of minorities and women have also been ignored, despite the desperate need to counter a growing “tide of intolerance.”

EU-kontrollen konstaterer at minoriteter har fått det vanskeligere og det er liten eller ingen vilje til å komme til bunns i overgrep.

 

“Since the uprising, the rights of minorities are increasingly under threat, sectarian violence has been on the rise with Christians suffering the brunt of the violence. Investigations into the violence have been sluggish or non-existent,” the statement said.

http://blogs.wsj.com/middleeast/2013/06/18/europe-aid-to-egypt-had-little-impact-on-reform-eu-audit/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=middleeast