The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has released a report on EU Budget Support to Eastern Partnership Countries covering Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.
The report addresses seven main issues:
- Verification of fulfilment of main conditions for budget support;
- Shortcomings in legal regulation or political climate;
- Availability of full information on budget support;
- Availability of information on results of implementation;
- Proper use of budget support;
- Policy impact;
- Civil society involvement.
The report notes that “despite positive trends, all three countries face similar challenges” such as lack of transparency in government spending, and weaknesses in financial supervision and strategic planning.
The report calls the EU to strengthen joint monitoring, evaluation processes and risk assessments, and to elaborate a better conditionality framework to go beyond political approximation. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The EU has stressed that it does not recognise the constitutional and legal framework within which ‘parliamentary elections’ were held in Nagorno-Karabakh on 3 May.
“These procedures cannot prejudice the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh or impact on the negotiation process,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“The EU firmly supports the OSCE Minsk Group, and its Co-Chairs’ efforts to progress beyond the status quo and bring about comprehensive peace negotiations. The EU stands ready to further support efforts, aimed at early peaceful resolution of the conflict.” (EU Neighbourhood Info)