(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MAY 25 - No emergency funds to
neighbouring countries who are tackling economic problems but
who do not respect human rights and democracy. This is the
position assumed by the Strasbourg Assembly, who in the last
plenary meeting voted in large majority to a report on the
"Too often in the past this type of assistance has been given
with little thought for the EU's values," said he Bulgarian
speaker Metin Kazak (PPE). "My report is clear: only those
countries who employ a strong effort to strengthen their
democratic institutions, human rights, transparency and the
fight against corruption should be entitled to receive loans and
emergency endowments from the EU."
The European parliament thus asks that the main beneficiaries
as can be those nearby countries, for example the Balkans and
the Near East, to employ the money in activities such as the
fight against forced child labour, corruption or poverty.
The Euro MPs want to also block every plan by the EU
Commission to cut them out of the decisional process. Now begin
the formal talks with the Council in order to reach an agreement
on changing the rules. (ANSAmed).