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EU Aid

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether UK aid channelled through the EU may be earmarked by the UK for specific (a) purposes and (b) countries; and if he will make a statement. (160052)

UK aid channelled through the EU cannot be earmarked for specific countries or purposes. This aid is managed by the European Commission, which bases its country allocation decisions on agreed criteria, and develops its strategies for each country on the basis of the development priorities of that country’s Government. The UK and the other member states oversee the Commission’s decisions on aid allocations through attendance at the relevant management committees.