Can we taxpayers afford the 2.5 billion Euros sent to South America?

Wednesday, March 26 2014

Mike Nattrass MEP, Leader of "AN INDEPENDENCE FROM EUROPE" who will be standing at the 22 May election, has exposed the spending of UK taxpayers money on an EU 2.5 billion euro, six year aid package to South America.
"These billions are from the EU, an organisation that has failed to get its own accounts cleared for the past 18 years and seems unable to sort out its own governance for spending or for the care of its own population" said Mike Nattrass MEP
"This means our taxes will be going to Argentina, amongst other places!" said Mike

The funding, unveiled by EU development commissioner Andris Piebalgs, will support a programme to improve social cohesion in the region. The package marks a new step in the way the EU works with Latin America, Piebalgs said, and will fund development initiatives across 18 countries up to 2020. ‘We are not turning our back on this continent – we are looking forward with it, together,’ he said. ‘I’ve visited Latin America several times recently and have been very proud to see the EU’s contribution to the impressive progress the continent has made over the last decade. I’m convinced that this new chapter in our relationship will see our partnership flourishing.’

According to the European Commission, the new tranche of funding will be focused on areas where it can make the greatest difference. In consultation with Latin American partner countries, areas identified for support include improved governance, accountability and social equity, as well as helping foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Support will also be targeted towards the EU’s strategic priorities for cooperation with Latin America, covering governance improvements and better accountability of tax collection and spending. Eighteen countries are eligible for support under the programme. These are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Mike Nattrass said " Our priority must be at home and the EU should manage poverty and economic problems in Europe before spending 2.5 billion euros on South American Countries such as Argentina. The sooner we leave the EU the better we will be served.

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