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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

EU’s new once-in-a-decade development rethink

Major NGOs gave a guarded welcome today (22 November) to a major once-in-a-decade, overhaul of the EU’s thinking on development. The Commission – fronted in a Strasbourg press conference, in a sign of the weight it gives the issue, by foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica – unveiled a trilogy of papers setting out the future of development and aid spending between now and 2030. They are intended to incorporate the new UN Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) into the EU’s plans, and set out new parameters for the bloc’s relations with the Africa, Pacific and Caribbean (APC) on trade and cooperation, as well as coordinate better EU development policy between the Commission, the member states, the Parliament and national domestic development policies. The long-awaited New Consensus on Development, looking at aid spending, thinking and priorities for the period 2015-2030, is a 21-page densely argued treatise that focuses largely on the SDGs, poverty eradication, youth, and gender rights.

Source: euractiv.com