European Union aid to halt migration is so poorly managed that Jean-Claude Juncker’s officials are unable to say how much has been spent, a scathing report has found.
The finding by the European Court of Auditors came as leaders gathered in Brussels to haggle over €6 billion of aid to Turkey. Britain is prepared to pay its share of £500 million, in exchange for Turkey accepting the deportation of tens of thousands of asylum seekers and economic migrants.
An estimated €1.4 billion of EU overseas aid was spent in countries such as Algeria, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco and Ukraine on Europe’s periphery in order to halt migration between 2007 and 2013.
But the report warned the projects are poorly designed, badly managed, chaotically supervised and, as a result, are often ineffective.
A €3 million project in Georgia to help deported migrants found permanent jobs for just 83 people out of a target of 700, while just 13 migrants used temporary accommodation designed for 180 people.
Pissing away other peoples’ money is easy enough. But national politicians do at least have to stand up and explain why and how they’re taking the money off the populace. Get yourself one further level up, one more remove away from the connection between shaking down the people and spending the moolah and of course it’ll be sprayed over the countryside to no great effect.