Extracts from the press conference by Jacek Uczkiewicz, Member of the European Court of Auditors, on the Special Report No 9/2008 – "The effectiveness of EU support in the area of freedom, security and justice for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine"
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/01/2009 First transmission: 15/01/2009
On 15 January 2009, Jacek Uczkiewicz, Member of the European Court of Auditors, held a press conference to present the Court's Special Report No 9/2008 – "The effectiveness of EU support in the area of freedom, security and justice for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine".
Following the enlargements of 2004 and 2007, the EU became a direct neighbour of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The Commission made considerable EU funds available to these countries (166 million euro in the period 2000-2005) to improve their capacity in the areas of: border control; migration/asylum management; fight against organised crime; and judiciary and good governance. The greater part of the assistance was delivered through international organisations. The Commission limited assistance to Belarus due to a lack of respect for democracy and human rights.
The purpose of the Court’s audit was to determine the success of the EU support, to establish reasons for possible underperformance and to see to what extent the Commission had a process in place to take into account lessons learned for continued assistance in this field.
The greater part of the audited support achieved satisfactory results, particularly in the area of border management. By contrast, progress was largely unsatisfactory in the area of migration and asylum. In spite of several successes, overall progress was still insufficient in the fight against organised crime. There were also mixed results in the area of judiciary and good governance.
On the basis of these observations, the Court made detailed recommendations which could help the Commission to increase the effectiveness of the assistance given to Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine in the field of freedom, security and justice.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||Soundbite by Jacek Uczkiewicz, Member of the European Court of Auditors, (in ENGLISH) saying that the greater part of audited projects achieved satisfactory results; however, their scope was limited in comparison to the scale of problems to be addressed; the best performance was in the area of border management; the EU support substantially improved the border management capacities of the three countries.
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||Soundbite by Jacek Uczkiewicz (in ENGLISH) saying that unfortunately performance was unsatisfactory in the area of migration and asylum; progress in providing shelter for illegal immigrants and asylum seekers respecting international humanitarian standards has been especially slow in Ukraine; a good illustration of this problem is presented in the court's special report; the core of the project "Capacity Building of Migration Management-CBMM I, Ukraine" (EU - Contribution of 3.8 million euro) was to refurbish and equip two former military sites as new migrant accommodation centres for 1260 persons; at the time of the audit in November 2006, nothing had been done (the planned finish date was September 2006) and, moreover, the numbers of places planned was reduced by 1000 from the original number.
||Soundbite by Jacek Uczkiewicz (in ENGLISH) saying that mixed results were achieved in the area of the fight against organised crime as well as judiciary and good governance; as regards the fight against organised crime, ineffective cooperation between customs, border guards and secret services, as well as ineffective prosecution, led to the under-performance, while judiciary and good governance was affected by lengthy and inefficient prosecution and judiciary and legislation process; this is well illustrated by the project against money laundering in Ukraine.
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