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European Commission

MEMO

Brussels, 24 October 2013

Statement on the 2013 Aid Transparency Index

The European Commission welcomes today's report on Aid Transparency Index from Publish What You Fund. Transparency has always been very high on the EU's agenda and at a time of economic crisis in Europe, it is more vital than ever that EU taxpayers can see exactly where their money is being spent.

According to the latest report from the independent watchdog organisation Publish What You Fund, the European Commission is managing taxpayers' money in foreign policy, notably conflict prevention and crisis response, humanitarian assistance, pre-accession assistance and international development, in a transparent manner. The Commission is pleased to note that many of its departments have made commendable improvements this year, by publishing more information in accessible and comparable formats, including through the International Aid Transparency Initiative. The report also recognises the leadership role the European Commission plays in advocating and supporting aid transparency in the EU and internationally. We can be proud to be one of the biggest donors in the world, as well as one of the most transparent and efficient.

However, the report also shows that the EU as a whole still has progress to make. Further work is needed to ensure that the Commission remains as accountable as possible; both to EU citizens and our partner countries.

This evaluation comes at a key time for the European Commission; as it looks towards our future EU budgets and as we approach the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The Commission underlines its commitment to making sure that EU citizens have access to clear information about its policies, activities on the ground and, most of all, the results achieved.


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