Parliamentary question by Marco Cappato (NI) to to the Council and answer

Parliamentary questions
by Marco Cappato (NI) to the Council
(28 August 2002)Subject: Report by the Contraloría de la República on the Plan Colombia
In view of the fact that the Contraloría General de la República Colombiana (Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia) has stated in its third assessment report on the Plan Colombia that:

- the anti-drugs Plan Colombia contains administrative irregularities;

- eradication by force has failed to strike a blow at drug traffickers, so much so that today 163 000 hectares are still under illegal cultivation across the country and cultivation of the crop has outstripped its destruction, since 152 000 hectares were burned between 2000 and 2002, and despite this coca is now being grown in areas previously dedicated to coffee production;

- the Plan Colombia is unsatisfactory from an environmental standpoint;

and since the European Union is contributing 31 million dollars to the Plan does the Council intend to take action to suspend cooperation with this Colombian anti-drugs Plan?

If not, what reforms will it propose to prevent even more European taxpayers' money from being wasted?

Reply (19 December 2002)

1. While supporting the efforts of the Colombian government to put an end to the violence that affects this country, the European Union is not contributing to the so-called "Plan Colombia". The EU has put forward its own support package, made public in Bogotá on 24 October 2000. At the third meeting of the Support Group for the peace process in Colombia, on 30 April 2001 in Brussels, an EC contribution of EUR 140 million (EUR 105 million in programmable aid and EUR 35 million in non-programmable aid) was confirmed. In addition, Member States' contributions amount to up to EUR 230 million.


EC assistance is focused on:- the support of ongoing Colombian activities in the search for peace;

- targeting the roots and causes of the conflict;

- providing humanitarian assistance to the victims of the conflict.

3. As concerns its own assistance, the EU closely monitors that its implementation is in line with the established objectives and rules.