Yesterday, a coalition of Members of the European Parliament came together to send a strong signal that they care about the poorest people in the world. 82 MEPs signed a call to action for strong and effective development and humanitarian aid funding in the next 7-year EU Budget.
This call for action comes ahead of two crucial meetings in Brussels today, namely the 27 EU Development Ministers’ meeting and the second round of negotiations on the next EU Budget 2014-2020 between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Irish Presidency of the EU.
Initiated by MEPs Gay Mitchell (European People’s Party), Thijs Berman (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Charles Goerens (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), Ska Keller (Greens/European Free Alliance) and Mikael Gustafsson (European United Left/Nordic Green Left), the Declaration points to the positive impact that EU development aid has had for the world’s poorest.
The European Union has committed to collectively spend 0.7% of its GNI on development cooperation by 2015. EU leaders have repeatedly reconfirmed this commitment – most recently as part of their agreement on the EU Budget in February: “A key priority for Member States is to respect the EU’s formal undertaking to collectively commit 0.7% of GNI to official development assistance by 2015, thus making a decisive step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”
EU Development Ministers will discuss progress towards their promise to the world’s poorest at their meeting today. However despite the 2015 deadline now being less than 1,000 days away, figures released by the OECD in April show that European aid levels dropped for the second year in a row. In these last two critical years until the 2015 deadline, EU donors need to redouble their efforts, notably by protecting life-saving aid in the EU budget.
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We’ll keep you updated on what happens next!