The EU has played a leading role in supporting development priorities in Myanmar/Burma and allocated significant funding to the country, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. However, there were shortcomings in the European Commission’s assessment of needs and in the implementation of EU assistance.
The auditors examined whether the European External Action Service and the European Commission supported well established development priorities in Myanmar/Burma. For the 2012-2020 period the EU has allocated almost one billion euro to the country.
“The European External Action Service and the Commission responded rapidly to the political changes in Myanmar/Burma, but overall we conclude that EU development support to the country has only been partially effective” said Mr Karel Pinxten, the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the report.