Press conference by Hans Gustaf Wessberg, Member of the Court of Auditors, on the ECA Special report on Congo
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - International Press Centre
On 1 October 2013, the European Court of Auditors published a critical report regarding the results of the support provided by the EU to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for it to make progress in the main areas of governance. This video shows the press conference by Hans Gustaf Wessberg, Member of the Court of Auditors, explaining the main results of this audit.
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||Statement by Hans Gustaf Wessberg, Member of the European Court of Auditors, (in ENGLISH) on the publication by the European Court of Auditors of a critical report regarding the results of the support provided by the EU to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for it to make progress in the main areas of governance. Although it is true that the EU’s support is motivated by the best intentions and has enabled a certain number of results to be achieved, progress is slow, variable, and overall limited. Fewer than half the programmes examined have produced or are likely to produce most of the expected results. In most cases, it is unrealistic to assume that sustainability will be guaranteed. The effectiveness of the EU’s support in the governance of the DRC is limited despite the fact that the country is one of the main recipients of European Development Funds, with almost 1.9 billion in aid paid between 2003 and 2011. The European Commission did not adequately consider the conditions on the ground when designing its projects, despite the fact that it was well aware of them. The Court of Auditors recommends that European managers make better use of conditionality or political dialogue by imposing specific, appropriate, realistic and dated conditions upon their Congolese partners, failing which funding for the programmes in question may be suspended or interrupted.