Written Question: Commission inquiry into alleged misuse of funding by Palestinian organisations

(Source: European Parliament)  

Date submitted: 16 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001446/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hilde Vautmans (Renew)

Subject: Commission inquiry into alleged misuse of funding by Palestinian organisations

Last year, Commissioner Várhelyi announced an investigation into the EU funding of Palestinian Civil Society Organisations(1). In an answer to a parliamentary question, the Commissioner stated that this investigation included 1) a ‘critically-minded review of the safeguards in place […] that protect EU funds against misuse or deviation for unintended purposes, including terrorism or incitement, in Palestine’ and 2) a parallel investigation ‘into individual cases of alleged misuse or deviation of EU funds in Palestine’.(2)

Can the Commission inform Parliament on the findings of both these investigations, namely:

  1. Has the review process been completed?
  2. Did the Commission find any grounds to change the safeguards currently in place and if so, what are these grounds, and what adaptations are in order?
  3. Has it found any evidence pointing to the alleged misuse of funds by individual Palestinian organisations?

(1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/eu-official-tells-palestinians-to-check-that-no-funds-benefit-terror-backers/
(2) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-003051-ASW_EN.html

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