Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development

  Thank you for the Explanatory Memorandum dated 1 February 2006 which Sub-Committee C considered at its meeting on 16 February. The Sub-Committee agreed to clear the document from scrutiny.

  We first considered the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) in our Report "EU Aid to the Balkans" (European Union Committee, 20th Report of 2001-2002), published in April 2002, in which we concluded that the EAR was "a promising pointer to the way forward" in the delivery of EU aid (paragraph 220). We are pleased to see that the EAR has proved to be successful and efficient in delivering aid under the CARDS programme and agree that its mandate should be extended for a further two years in order to finish implementation of CARDS.

16 February 2006

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