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Libyan Newswire

Written question – Use of EU development aid for border protection projects in developing countries – E-004893/2016

The desperate humanitarian, political and economic situation in a number of developing countries means that people often have no choice but to flee. Many risk their lives in doing so. There is therefore a broad consensus that we should address the causes of their having to escape in order to improve the living conditions in these countries. Moreover, stopping people from fleeing a precarious situation and denying them their right to asylum is not in-line with European values.

Does the Commission plan to use EU development money, for example from the EDF, funds such as the African Trust Fund or other resources, for border protection projects in developing countries?

Are there concrete plans to cooperate with Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Libya, and in this context will development money be used to track or curb the activities of smugglers?

Is technical assistance being provided, for example to train police officers, or are materials being made available to help secure borders?