Loop’s comment on EuropeAid

Published: 06 December 2010

Philippe Loop, the Head of Unit, Information, Communication and Front Office, EuropeAid, answering the question “What was the biggest challenge 5 years ago and what is it now?” makes some key points regarding the development in the 21st century. He argues that priorities have changed 5 years ago to what they are now. He argues that, 5 years ago there was not enough money in the budget to provide aid for developing countries, therefore the main aim was to establish that we have a responsibility to help them and now instead of actually setting what we want to do, we need to concentrate to achieve this target as quickly as possible. The responsibility comes from that fact that we believe in that when helping a country, we get something back, maybe not now, but we will for sure in the future.

When talking about minimising costs of getting the aid to the right people, he argues that costs like administration is covered by a different department within European Commission. As I have understood, apart of providing money to the developing countries, European tax payers pay for administering this aid, which has not be accounted for and therefore the figures are misleading. If we look just at the fact that the European Commission spends €2 million on European Development Days, we can imagine how much they spend on the administration of the Europe day for 1 year.

The EU Commission even never publicized the cost of transferring equipment and people from Brussels to Strasbourg, where the distance is around 600-700 km and doesn’t give an adequate reason why moving from one place to another and also spending money which could be spent on development or other issues.

Further on, Philippe Loop argues that the quality of Aid equals to regional standards of those countries and that no “second class” food is being provided. USA has faced allegations in the past regards to poor quality of aid in food provided. Philippe Loop states this is not the case and EuropeAid does its best to provide the best food quality possible, but this is also responsibility of local partners who provide the food for the people in extreme poverty. He also assures, that EuropeAid looks at issues on a local areas in different parts of the countries, therefore trying to make the best impact possible, so that the most needed, get the most.