[updated on 13 June 2017]
The European Court of Auditors is to audit EU financial support for Turkey. Turkey is the single largest beneficiary of the EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA), with more than 40 % of all IPA allocations. According to the European Commission, during the 2007-2013 period, Turkey was allocated €4.79 billion, of which €4.58 billion was committed and €3.49 billion paid out. For the 2014-2020 period, a further €4.45 billion has been allocated, of which €186 million paid out (situation as of May 2017).
The aim of the IPA is to support the accession process and the underlying reforms in Turkey. However, there is currently little progress in Turkey’s accession negotiations, and reforms have been backsliding in recent years.
“Turkey is the EU’s largest beneficiary of external aid and a strategic partner in the key policy areas of foreign affairs, defence, migration, the fight against terrorism and trade. But up to now we have never audited the effectiveness of the EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance to Turkey,” said Mr Hans Gustaf Wessberg.