Cut EU International Development Aid

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Cut EU International Development Aid

Cut EU International Development Aid

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European Christians are tragically being forced to fund the surveillance, discrimination and persecution of Christians around the world.

In 2022, the EU gave the governments of the twelve countries where Christians are most persecuted €1.063 billion of EU taxpayer money. In addition, Turkey alone received almost €1 billion, despite the EU promising international partnerships “that uphold and promote European values and interests”.

The EU’s international aid programme has generously funded notoriously corrupt governments for over 15 years. Yet assaults, wrongful accusations and executions are increasingly directed towards Christians in a number of the EU's international aid target countries, according to recent reports such as Open Doors' World Watch List 2023 and Aid to the Church in Need's Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22.

Far from alleviating the crisis, more money arguably worsens the situation, by making undeserving and wasteful foreign governments complacent in expecting annual handouts from the EU.

Communist China has received €13.3 billion in EU ‘aid’ since 2007, including €14.1 million in 2022, despite actively persecuting Christians and implementing a total surveillance system to monitor and control its citizens permanently. 

European citizens should not be funding these regimes. 

EU aid should be made conditional on how recipient governments treat their Christian citizens, not irrespective of it. EU international development aid goes almost exclusively to governments rather than NGOs, despite such governments not only permitting but actively participating in the persecution of Christians.

Sign our petition asking Jutta Urpilainen, the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, to cut international development aid and make it conditional on how well recipient governments treat their Christian citizens.


According to the severity of the persecution of Christians in each country, and how much EU money corresponding governments received in 2022, the ranking is as follows:

Somalia (number 2, Open Doors' World Watch List 2023): €97.4 million. 

Yemen (3): €106 million. 

Eritrea (4): €1.08 million. 

Libya (5): €39.3 million.

Nigeria (6): €83.5 million.

Pakistan (7): €85.1 million.

Iran (8): €16.4 million.

Afghanistan (9): €223 million.

Sudan (10): €131 million.

India (11): €14.8 million.

Syria (12): €266 million.

 

For more information:

https://international-partnerships.ec.europa.eu/policies_en

https://euaidexplorer.ec.europa.eu/explore/recipients_en

https://donortracker.org/donor_profiles/eu#oda-spending

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watch-list/

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c5ec0b14d546e3b8a478fab/t/636be993451bd17e1127622e/1668016534166/acn-paf-2022.pdf

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Petition: Cut EU International Development Aid

Dear Commissioner Urpilainen,

The EU has promised to form international partnerships “that uphold and promote European values and interests”, particularly when donating large sums of European taxpayer money to foreign governments.

Yet, the EU gave over €1.063 billion to the world’s twelve most anti-Christian governments in 2022, a fact that angers many European Christians. EU international development aid goes almost exclusively to governments rather than NGOs, despite clear research showing that these governments not only permit, but actively participate in the persecution of Christians.

Money alone cannot solve this crisis. Despite us funding these governments for over 15 years, the persecution of Christians is growing in a number of the EU's international aid target countries, according to recent reports such as Open Doors' World Watch List 2023 and Aid to the Church in Need's Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22.

Respectfully, in your capacity as European Commissioner for International Partnerships, I ask you to place a high value on taxpayer-funded international aid by not giving it away easily to corrupt or undeserving foreign governments. 

Our development aid is being wasted while hardworking European taxpayers are struggling to put food on the table, find work and pay unaffordable house prices. 

To properly serve EU citizens and defend the interests of persecuted Christians around the world, please cut international development aid and make it conditional on how well recipient governments treat their Christian citizens.

[Your Name]

Petition: Cut EU International Development Aid

Dear Commissioner Urpilainen,

The EU has promised to form international partnerships “that uphold and promote European values and interests”, particularly when donating large sums of European taxpayer money to foreign governments.

Yet, the EU gave over €1.063 billion to the world’s twelve most anti-Christian governments in 2022, a fact that angers many European Christians. EU international development aid goes almost exclusively to governments rather than NGOs, despite clear research showing that these governments not only permit, but actively participate in the persecution of Christians.

Money alone cannot solve this crisis. Despite us funding these governments for over 15 years, the persecution of Christians is growing in a number of the EU's international aid target countries, according to recent reports such as Open Doors' World Watch List 2023 and Aid to the Church in Need's Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2020-22.

Respectfully, in your capacity as European Commissioner for International Partnerships, I ask you to place a high value on taxpayer-funded international aid by not giving it away easily to corrupt or undeserving foreign governments. 

Our development aid is being wasted while hardworking European taxpayers are struggling to put food on the table, find work and pay unaffordable house prices. 

To properly serve EU citizens and defend the interests of persecuted Christians around the world, please cut international development aid and make it conditional on how well recipient governments treat their Christian citizens.

[Your Name]