Written question – Supervision of EU funds to combat human trafficking – E-004992/2017

The European Court of Auditors Special Report on EU support to fight human trafficking in South/South-East Asia reveals that of the nearly 46 million victims of human trafficking in 2016, nearly two thirds were in or from Asia. The total EU funding set aside to combat human trafficking in South and South-East Asia came to EUR 31 million between 2009 and 2015.

Most of the projects funded produced positive results; however, the report focuses on the EU’s actions, rather than the results of the programme, and therefore does not evaluate the impact of the EUR 31 million spent. Another cause for concern is the fact that there is no intelligence sharing with these South and South-East Asian countries.

The 2016 Commission report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings clearly recognises ‘the difficulty of measuring the results and impact of anti-trafficking actions’; given that we are investing a considerable amount of the EU’s money, we need more proof of positive results.

In the light of the Special Report, how will the Commission ensure that these funds have been used to help victims of human trafficking?

How is spending of the funds supervised in South and South-East Asia?