The European Union, by its administrative physique the Fee and specifically its delegation in Kyiv, has been energetic in Ukraine for the reason that independence. Altogether, the European Union, i.e. the Fee and the member States, is the primary contributor to Ukraine in monetary phrases. The only Fee spent greater than 2 billions euros in technical help to Ukraine to date, and nearly half a billion euros (494 thousands and thousands) might be introduced in 2007-2010 within the framework of the brand new European neighbourhood coverage instrument (ENPI).
Given the sums contributed by European taxpayers, it’s value taking note of the best way this cash is spent, not solely from the overall standpoint of the effectiveness of the financed applications and tasks, however in terms of ethics and procedures as nicely.
So far as the overall effectiveness and effectivity are involved – these two phrases are extremely valuated and even overused these days by all administration consultants typically and the European Fee specifically – it could be value a particular article and plenty of stories. Allow us to simply convey an instance and a reference…
The reference is a current report concerning the effectiveness of Tacis programmes in Russia: Because the European Court docket of Auditors expressed it on April 20, 2006, using TACIS funds supplied to Russia between 1991-2003 – amounting to almost 3 billion euros – was largely ineffective (BRUSSELS, April 20, 2006 (RFE/RL). No comparable info was made public about Ukraine, however one can guess the state of affairs just isn’t higher though not formally assessed and confirmed.
The instance is the one in every of an ongoing venture known as SLD – sustainable native growth -, granted with 5 million Euros for providers and 13 for related tools. Though ambitiously aimed toward supporting sustainable growth fashions in middle-sized territories of Ukraine, it’s in truth almost diminished to a mere spending of thousands and thousands for purchasing tools in some cities. The venture is presently completely carried out by engineers with completely no expertise of both regional growth or native administration in a EU member state and even in CIS. The important thing and different worldwide consultants employed there, in case they’re truly current as initially foreseen, are so conscious of their duties and duties that they spend a noticeable a part of their time taking part in playing cards on their laptop.
Anyway, on the 5 key consultants initially foreseen within the contract, solely three truly stay, one in every of them having been illegally fired and one other having been current general a mere fortnight all through the primary yr and a half…. As an alternative of the great regional growth technique initially foreseen, the venture hardly offers with supply of water pipes and power saving recommendation, whereas no person is aware of about – and subsequently no person offers with – regional planning, native funds and institutional cooperation, and neither anyone cares concerning the mobilization of economic assets for regional growth actions. Anyway, who may truly query so unimaginable and evident deficiencies? The Process supervisor, controlling on behalf of the European fee, has not the faintest thought of what a municipality normally offers with, and is considering its sole private pursuits; he and his superiors from the European fee will not be actually conscious as nicely of the subject, and primarily fear concerning the well timed spending of cash; neither the monitoring knowledgeable, paid out of the European tax payer as nicely, has ever stepped in a physique of native self-government in any EU member State. Given absolutely the lack of any consciousness and follow of the actual job by all of the concerned actors, a profitable and efficient spending of cash could be purely an opportunity and even a miracle.
Elaborating on the subject could be lengthy and tedious. The European taxpayer would possibly soothe himself with the thought that “Nicely, perhaps the cash is spent ineffectively, even spilled at occasions, however at the very least all is completed in a clear and trustworthy approach, not a single penny is stolen or spent whatever the guidelines, and violations are instantly and closely sanctioned”…. Alas, even on this space, the Fee closely fails to fulfill the ethical guidelines it urges the goal international locations – particularly Ukraine- to undertake and observe.
Allow us to depend on concrete instances once more. Within the delegation of the European Fee in Kyiv, a scandal occurred in 2006, when some officers had been suspected of makes an attempt to take private revenue out of the contracts they had been in control of managing. Though a low publicity was given to the info, it’s identified that an official from the European delegation in Kyiv was arrested and handcuffed whereas touchdown in Brussels, and it’s suspected as nicely that another officers, whereas not formally convicted of infringements, had been moved to different positions outdoors the nation. The ultimate sanctions stay unknown.
On the finish of the exact same yr, one other official from the European fee, Dominique Charpentier, in control of controlling necessary contracts, imposed the Workforce-leader of one in every of these contracted tasks to have interaction his widespread regulation partner. The stated had no alternative however to simply accept, though the younger lady didn’t maintain any related expertise. After he opposed a 3rd, unrealistic augmentation demanded by Mr Charpentier, the latter began to marketing campaign in opposition to the previous, who lastly complained in his flip of this example. Mr Charpentier surprisingly acted as if the consortium had contracted a debt to him – true to say, he was the important thing evaluator within the tender this consortium had handed by. He was at first suspended from managing this venture on behalf of the delegation, and his widespread regulation partner spontaneously resigned. The OLAF – European anti-fraud-office – was concerned and began to inquiry. However the Delegation, compelled to react, didn’t congratulate the one who revealed this misbehavior. The black sheep, who dared revealing the scandal with clear written proof of it, was accused of infringing alleged – and for certain unexpressed – guidelines, by mentioning his rank on his go to playing cards. Infringing in flip its personal written guidelines and procedures, the delegation obtained this Workforce-Chief to be fired by his employer on this unlawful foundation. And after having confirmed this unlawful prohibition on utilizing his official ranks, the top of delegation – who illegally grants himself the title of ambassador! -, reinstalled Mr Dominique Charpentier in his former capabilities, as if nothing had occurred.
So far, this ethically questionable character remains to be in control of a venture through which he had obtained evident private pursuits after having chosen the victorious executor. However, he’s nonetheless half and a key intervenor of additional contracts to be granted! One can simply think about at the very least a number of the situations for profitable the tender through which this official acts on behalf of the Fee….
The unsaid message of this shameful instance is obvious: by no means reveal a scandal if you by some means rely upon those that are in control of redressing it; the one brazenly and evidently infringing the principles of ethics might be supported and honored, and the one who dared suggesting for the regulation to be utilized might be dirty and moved away.
That is the best way the delegation of the European fee and its head perceive morals and ethics…. As a short lived conclusion, the helpless European taxpayer can’t be too optimistic: not solely is uncertain the efficient use of his taxes, however it’s but used with a questionable sense of morals and ethics…. ‘One thing is rotten within the state of Denmark’.