Last year ONE members successfully campaigned for proposals on the EU budget to include an increase in international aid. But this life saving aid-budget is now under threat. Right now European leaders are considering these proposals – with about 5% of the overall EU budget earmarked for international aid. It’s affordable and it will save countless lives while helping European countries keep their promises to the world’s poorest.
As European countries fight over far larger chunks of money for things like the Common Agricultural Policy, the aid budget is getting caught in the crossfire. Latest reports suggest the proposed amount could be cut by 30%, which would be a terrible setback in the fight against poverty. We urgently need your help to prevent this.
As the chair of the EU’s rotating presidency, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is responsible for getting agreement from leaders on the priorities for the EU budget this spring, with a key meeting taking place in Copenhagen next week. Denmark has a proud record in the fight against extreme poverty around the world. Our petition calls on Prime Minister Thorning- Schmidt to ensure Europe protects its promise to the poorest.
EU aid has made a huge difference. Between 2004 and 2009, more than 9 million children were enrolled in primary education, more than 5 million were vaccinated against measles, and more than 31 million people were connected to clean water thanks to EU aid.
With your help we can help to ensure the next EU aid budget is as strong as possible and continues to save lives and lift millions out of poverty.
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