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Friday, 31 October 2014

New EU Development Commissioner 'has no vision', activists say

Despite one year of experience in Brussels, the EU’s new Development Commissioner Neven Mimica is still a rookie and low in the hierarchy of the Juncker Commission, leaving him with much to prove on development policy, according to aid groups interviewed by EurActiv Germany. "We must show that development policy is working,” the EU’s new Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said at his hearing the European Parliament at the end of September.

“83% of Europeans consider development cooperation important, and 61% want politicians to spend more money on development aid," he said to back his statement. But while Mimica hopes to put wind in the sails of EU development policy, that is precisely what critics doubt he will bring to the new Commission.“Mimica will have little to say in the Commission. He is low in the hierarchy. Just as always development policy will be undermined by liberal market trade policy and a military-focused foreign policy,” said Niema Movassat, development policy expert for the Left Party in the German Bundestag.