EU leaders are currently negotiating the next EU budget 2014-2020 including a proposed €51 billion for the poorest developing countries. As leaders are discussing this life-saving money, the EU is already implementing the “Agenda for Change” – its new development programme.
The European Commission published this programme in October last year and has just launched a great video explaining the policy, the EU’s priorities and how the EU is working to increase its impact.
ONE agrees that health, agriculture and access to energy are catalytic sectors to invest in as they are fundamental prerequisites for reducing poverty, satisfying basic human needs and boosting economic growth. The EU has recently received good reviews on the quality of its aid and it is good to see them planning to go even further. We hope they keep communicating the impressive results achieved thanks to EU aid to make all citizens aware of this progress.
The key, however, to putting the Agenda for Change into practice will be ensuring sufficient funding for it in the next EU Budget. In May, the EU’s 27 Development Ministers agreed to this ambitious agenda and leaders must now protect EU development assistance during their negotiations on the next seven year EU budget.
The EU matters in the fight against extreme poverty. To ensure the EU continues to build on the amazing progress it has achieved in the fight against extreme poverty, sign our petition calling on leaders to protect aid in the next EU budget.