UK development minister warns EU against discrimination towards UK NGOs
The UK’s International Development Minister, Penny Mordaunt, has written to the EU calling for UK non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to be treated fairly as they bid for EU humanitarian contracts. Mordaunt noted that UK NGOs are struggling to gain contracts from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Some UK aid firms working in Somalia and Yemen, for example, have had to stop their work as a result of faltering EU funding, while others have been told to transfer projects to European bodies in order to maintain their funding.
Morduant argues that the UK, which is now due to stay in the EU until October,must be treated equally to other member states.