Written Question: Reimbursment of third country contributions

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 5 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002426/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Hélène Laporte (ID)

Subject: Reimbursment of third country contributions

The European enlargement and neighbourhood strategies involve the participation of third countries in European Union programmes.

To support collaboration with third countries in this area, the Union may partially reimburse their contributions using two of its external action instruments: the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

IPA II generally allows up to 90 % of a country’s contribution to be reimbursed in its first year of participation; this percentage then gradually decreases in the following years. ENI support may be up to 50 % of the contributions.

The Commission uses indicators to assess the effectiveness of assistance to each country, indicators which can vary considerably from country to country.

1. Can the Commission explain why there is no correlation between the number of indicators used and the amounts to be reimbursed, which can be as high as 90 %?

2. Does the Commission intend, in the interests of transparency and coherence, to draw up a document providing an overview of the annual IPA II and ENI reimbursements with a breakdown by country and by EU programme?

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