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MPs: “Unacceptable” that only 46% of EU aid reaches poorer countries

More than half of the EU’s development aid budget is going to “relatively rich” countries like Turkey and Serbia, MPs on the International Development Committee have warned. The UK gave £1.23bn in aid via the EU in 2010, but only 46% of EU aid for developing countries goes to low-income states – a figure the Committee calls “unacceptable”.

MPs urged the UK to challenge the definition of official development assistance (ODA), through which the relevant EU aid is spent. “It appears to be being used as a way of fudging the figures to help other European countries meet the (internationally agreed) target for 0.7% of GDP to be given as aid,” Chairman and Liberal Democrat MP Malcolm Bruce said. Open Europe gave written and oral evidence to the Committee’s inquiry.

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