IslamismSeptember 20 2022, 15:17 pm

European Commission Says No Current Funding for Muslim Brotherhood Youth Group

French media is report­ing that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said there cur­rent­ly was no fur­ther fund­ing for the Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions (FEMYSO) while admit­ting that there had been some in the past. Accord­ing to an arti­cle by Marianne:

Sep­tem­ber 14, 2022 Has the Euro­pean Union defin­i­tive­ly turned off the tap? […] Asked by Mar­i­anne, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion […] informed us, on Wednes­day 14 Sep­tem­ber, that FEMYSO ”does not cur­rent­ly receive any fund­ing from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion” while admit­ting that in the past it has received a num­ber of EU funds. [Trans­lat­ed from French orig­i­nal using Google.]

Read the rest here.

Accord­ing to the arti­cle, the Com­mis­sion also empha­sized it only fund­ed orga­ni­za­tions that ful­ly adhere to the val­ues set out in Arti­cle 2 of the EU Treaty and that, if nec­es­sary, was ready to put an end to the coop­er­a­tion and also recov­er funds. In August 2022, French Inte­ri­or Min­is­ter Gérald Dar­manin wrote a let­ter to sev­er­al EU Com­mis­sion­ers inquir­ing about FEMYSO’s Islamist ties and demand­ing the EU lay open its rela­tion­ship with the orga­ni­za­tion. Dar­manin had also asked for expla­na­tions for a recent pro­mo­tion­al video clip pub­lished by the Com­mis­sion on Insta­gram that includ­ed pho­tos of FEMYSO representatives.

A July 2022 Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report on Euro­pean gov­ern­ment fund­ing of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB) detailed how sev­er­al Euro­pean Com­mis­sion depart­ments grant­ed FEMYSO more than €288,856.27 over ten years for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ty projects. FEMYSO also received oper­at­ing grants under EU youth programs.

FEMYSO is also heav­i­ly fea­tured in an August 2022 GIOR report titled “Europe and the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Part 2: Lob­by­ing & Polit­i­cal Impacts,” which ana­lyzes GMB lob­by­ing efforts at the exec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive bod­ies of the Euro­pean Union


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