Luxembourg – On 20 and 21 October 2015, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet President of AWEPA and Mr. Theo Kralt AWEPA’s Chief Administrative Officer attended the International Conference “European Development Aid after 2015. What is at stake?”, organised by the European Court of Auditors.
The event took place under Luxembourg’s presidency of the EU Council as part of the effort to redefine the UN’s millennium goals, during the European Year for Development. Participants included high level representatives from EU institutions, the UN and Luxembourg’s authorities, experts from OECD and the World Bank, national supreme audit institutions and academics. A number of ambassadors from developing countries and NGOs participated.
The conference discussed the future of development aid beyond 2015, how to evaluate its effectiveness and good governance and coordination between the various stakeholders.
AWEPA’s participation in the conference highlighted the important role of parliaments and their budget oversight function within this process.
The European Union is the world’s biggest donor, contributing 60% of all development aid. So for the ECA as guardians of EU finances, spending on development projects was an important area to audit.