Commission Question- It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the United Nations EUR 140 million. Could the Commission confirm or deny this claim?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-006231/2014

It has been reported in the press that the Commission paid the United Nations EUR 140 million1.  Could the Commission confirm or deny this claim?

1  See ‘Revealed: EU hands out multi-millions to the BBC and green lobby’, www.breitbart.com, 8 July 2014.

 

 

Answer given by Mr Dominik on behalf of the Commission (5.9.2014)

 

 

The Commission would like to remind the Honourable Member that, in line with the Financial Regulation1 and its Rules of Application2, the above information, including the purpose of the grant and the programme, is freely available on the Financial Transparency Website (FTS)3.

A search on the text string “united nations” returned, for financial year 2013, 20 distinct recipient entities, appearing in 121 entries in a total of 119 individual commitment positions.

In 84 instances, there was only one recipient for the commitment position, with a total committed (not paid) amount of EUR 129 million.

In 29 instances, there were multiple recipients for the commitment position. The total amount either committed or paid during financial year 2013 to recipients containing the text string “united nations” was equal to EUR 5 million.

In the remaining 8 instances, there were multiple recipients for each commitment position and the specific amount committed or paid was not available in FTS. The total amount for all recipients, including those not containing the text string “united nations”, was equal to EUR 19 million.

 

Similar information is available in FTS as from financial year 2007. Please note that the names recorded and published in FTS are those originating from official documents submitted by the recipient. This formal name may differ from the one known to the general public.

 

 

1  Article 35 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012.)

2  Article 21 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 (OJ L 362, 31.12.2012.)

3  http://ec.europa.eu/budget/fts/index_en.htm

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