Source: European Parliament
Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the monitoring of humanitarian and development aid granted to combat the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Rule 143 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas on 1 June 2020 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced that its eleventh Ebola epidemic had broken out in the Équateur province, and that the tenth epidemic, categorised by the World Health Organization as a global health emergency, had led to 3 470 cases and 2 268 deaths;
B. whereas since August 2018 the European Union has provided the DRC with more than EUR 100 million in humanitarian and development aid to combat Ebola, in addition to human, material and logistical support and assistance for the country’s health system, but whereas on 15 September 2020, the Ambassadors of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Canada criticised possible misappropriations of funds, with the Canadian Ambassador citing the city of Mbandaka, where ‘there were more than 4 000 staff [for] 120 [patients]’, and whereas according to the health minister, Dr Eteni Longodo, seven health workers have appeared in court on charges of suspected embezzlement;
1. Welcomes the support the European Union has granted the DRC to combat Ebola, but calls on the Commission to be more vigilant when allocating and monitoring funds and to investigate these accusations of embezzlement.