On Wednesday 11 December 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on EU budget support for Morocco between 2014 and 2018.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors assessed whether the European Commission managed EU budget support for the priority sectors in Morocco from 2014 to 2018 effectively and whether the objectives were achieved. They examined the areas of health, social protection, justice and private sector development.
The report is expected to point to the limited results of the EU support to Morocco. The auditors are expected to make a number of recommendations to the Commission, including on focusing support on fewer sectors, improving measurement and enhancing control procedures.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The EU is Morocco’s biggest donor of development aid. For 2014-2020, the Commission programmed €1.4 billion of aid, mainly for the three priority sectors: social services, rule of law and sustainable growth. By the end of 2018, it had concluded contracts for €562 million and made payments of almost €206 million under its budget support instrument, which is aimed at promoting reforms and sustainable development goals and makes up 75 % of EU annual spending for the country.
Morocco suspended formal political dialogue with the EU after the European Court of Justice ruled that Western Sahara was not party to Morocco's Agriculture & Fisheries agreements with the EU. Morocco resumed political dialogue with the EU in 2019.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.