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Monday, 18 February 2013

UK: audit on EU activity, development cooperation

The British Government is carrying out a review of the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom- an audit of what the EU does and how it affects the UK.
The audit was launched in July 2012 by the Foreign Secretary, and aims to examine the way British national interests interact with the EU’s roles. Government departments will consult Parliament and its committees, business, the devolved administrations, and civil society to look in depth at how the EU’s competences (the power to act in particular areas conferred on it by the EU Treaties) work in practice.
The review will be broken down into a number of individual reports covering specific areas of EU competence- namely 31. It is expected to be completed by the end of autumn 2014.
For each area, the relevant Department from the British Government launch calls for evidence setting out the scope of their work and requesting input from a range of interested parties, including members of the public with relevant expertise or experience. At the end of each semester, the reports are published online. The review will be finished in autumn 2014.
As part of this process, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is leading on the report on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, and will contribute to the report on foreign policy. Both the Humanitarian Aid and foreign policy reports  are expected to be released in summer 2013.
UK is the second largest European donor of humanitarian aid, ranked by total contribution in 2011.

Source: DFID