Palestinian Needs and European Indicators II.

The efficiency of the PEGASE DFS mechanism was raised by ECA (European Court of Auditors) in paragraph 31, 40, 53, 75, 81 by discussing conditionality and the lack of performance indicators linked to PEGASE. As worded by the authors, “despite the requirements of the ENPI regulation, there is a lack of performance indicators which makes it difficult for the EEAS and the Commission to assess and demonstrate results” (paragraph 75, p33). Addressed by the ECA, the EEAS and the Commission acknowledged the necessity of recommendations (paragraph 81c, p63) in its reply to ECA, whereas in terms of conditionality it points to the Palestinian Authority, namely the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan and the Palestinian national development plan. These documents, argues the EEAS and the Commission, served as a basis for designing PEGASE and as such ‘it is a measure of conditionality’ (paragraph 31, p57 and paragraph 40, p58), even if ‘despite the requirements of the ENPI regulation, there is a lack of performance indicators which makes it difficult for the EEAS and the Commission to assess and demonstrate results’ (paragraph 40, p58). Reading these formulations it is not clear whether the existence of the documents is seen as ‘measure of conditionality’ or the content inside.

ECA (2013): European Union Direct Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority. Special Report 14/2013, http://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocuments/SR13_14/SR13_14_EN.pdf

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