The European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report “EU pre-accession assistance to Turkey: Only limited results so far” on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 00h01 in 23 EU languages.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The ECA assessed whether EU pre-accession assistance to Turkey had been well designed and effective. The auditors focused on the priority sectors of rule of law, governance and human resources (education, employment and social policies).
The report is expected to point to the assistance’s good design, but also to funding’s weaknesses in addressing the needs in crucial areas, as well as risks to the sustainability of the results achieved. The auditors are expected to make a number of recommendations to improve the assistance’s design and implementation, including on the need for better targeting of funding in crucial areas.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The purpose of the pre-accession assistance to Turkey was to align the candidate country with the acquis and strengthen its administrative capacity. Turkey is the top beneficiary country of EU aid outside the EU. EU financial assistance planned for Turkey from 2007 until 2020 through the IPA amounts to over €9 billion.
The assistance consists of the European Commission funding projects in a wide range of policy areas, such as the rule of law, governance, agriculture, infrastructure (e.g. environment, transport), and human resources development through education, employment and social policies - in partnership with the Turkish authorities.
The Commission bears the overall responsibility for the management of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), but it has entrusted the Turkish authorities with the responsibility of managing the major part of the IPA under the ‘indirect management’.
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.