EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR RECONSTRUCTION (5275/06)
Letter from the Chairman to Gareth Thomas
MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International
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
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