European Council In the run up of the next European Council meeting this week, Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, commented on the importance of an effective and coherent foreign policy and the EU’s strategic partners by making the following statement Read the rest of this entry »
Development Aid: Karel De Gucht calls on all EU Member States to ‘work together’ to ensure billions of euros in aid doesn’t get wastedNovember 20, 2009
European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Karel De Gucht, will today call upon EU Member States to work better together to ensure that more than 3 billion euros of aid can avoid being wasted every year. A European approach to development aid could bring massive ‘savings’, he’ll warn, through more effective management of aid policy, actions and projects – savings which must then be reinvested in better development.
The Presidency submitted the above draft Conclusions on Migration for Development, in relation with the issue of the Policy Coherence for Development. The objective of the draft Conclusions is to identify a number of challenges relating to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), to be addressed by the Commission and the Member States.
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EU development assistance plays a crucial role in addressing today’s global challenges. At the session of GAERC for Development Cooperation the following issues was on the agenda to help promote increased and improved development cooperation. ODA Commitments, Democracy support in EU external relations including Afghanistan, Budget Support, Aid Effectiveness, Climate Change and Policy Coherence for Development (PCD).
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BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) have submitted a paper with recommendations for the joint strategy. These include in the areas of: the EU’s role in Africa; policy coherence; financing and delivery of aid; and monitoring and review.
- “BOND believes that the relationship between the EU and Africa needs to establish a serious political dialogue rooted in mutual accountability and respect. Both the EU and Africa need to demonstrate a shared commitment to the promotion of all human rights, gender equality and the fight against poverty by advancing the principles enshrined in the Millennium Declaration, the Cotonou Agreement and other international commitments taken by African and EU countries as reflected in the European Consensus on Development. All sectors of societies in Africa and the EU should be an integral part of the partnership, especially through the pro-active engagement of parliaments and civil society on both continents.”
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Contribution by international coalition of product development public-private partnerships (PDPs) researching health solutions for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected diseasesMarch 30, 2007
The coalition expresses hope that the Joint EU-Africa Strategy provides an opportunity for the EU to accord science and the development for new health technologies a more central role in its development policy. Some of the key proposals are:
- funding of Networks of Excellence (NOE) with the capacity to conduct trials of new drugs, vaccines, and microbicides
- support to global product development public-private partnership organizations which can deliver specific priority health products
- sustained investment in poverty related diseases R&D by EU
- DG Development works even more closely with other sections of the European Commission –such as DG Research, DG Health, DG Enterprise and DG Trade –that promote innovation and scientific development
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by Maria Mertens, Member of the European Parliament for the EPP-ED Group (CDA NL)
In 2005 the European Commission launched for the first time in history a special development strategy for Africa. It was the first step in the elaboration of the new overall EU development cooperation policy. The initiative of the European Commission was much appreciated.
In November 2005 the European Parliament adopted a resolution with the view of the European Parliament on the proposal of the European Commission. I had the honour to be the rapporteur for it.
The report proposes priorities for action, defines roles and responsibilities of the EU development policy, pleas for ensuring effective follow-up of all commitments in areas of good governance, capacity building, social infrastructure, economic growth, peace and security, sustainability of natural resources and environment. In order to achieve structural stability so as to, in turn, allow further development, poverty reduction is crucial. In the view of the
Parliament, therefore all policies must first and foremost be an instrument geared towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Commissioner Michel is right by saying that we must provide more aid, better and faster. We cannot do this by only giving more money, even if we are talking about a few billion extra. It is great that Europe wants to free up more funds and that the Commission wants to remind the Member States of their financial commitments, but we need more than that. The EU policy should improve in Coordination, Coherence and Complementarity. Without those aid will never be
more effective. Much will also depend on the political will within African countries as well as within the EU member states.
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Source: EU-Africa e-alert – No. 4 / December 2006