Question for written answer E-010263/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Could the Commission please provide details of what involvement, if any, the EU has had in the funding, personnel or any other work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)?
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the Commission
The United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is one of the most important mechanisms for delivering justice to the victims of war crimes committed during the 1990s on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.
Co-operation with the ICTY is one of the pre-conditions for progress in the accession process towards the membership of the European Union. The European Commission works closely with the tribunal and has supported its work both politically and financially.
Since 1999 there have been 16 projects with the ICTY for a total of EUR 9.733 million. Eight of these projects have supported the outreach activities of the ICTY, primarily in the former Yugoslavia. The other main strand of support (six projects) has been to support the placement of prosecutors from the former Yugoslavia at the Tribunal in The Hague to facilitate regional co-operation in dealing with war crime cases with a cross border dimension.