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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The challenge of poverty is not confined to the borders of the EU

In the plenary session of the European Parliament, the Belgian Presidency represented by the Secretary of State for European Affairs Olivier Chastel spoke on the “ development” dimension of the international day for the eradication of poverty. For Olivier Chastel the challenge of poverty is not confined to the borders of the EU, and cannot be solved entirely within them. Indeed, the Secretary of State added, “ the recent series of crises that affected all countries, with the poorest countries being hardest hit, has shown to what extent the whole world is interconnected” . Promoting development is an integral part of Europe’ s response to global challenges. In this respect, the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development works through the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For the Belgian Presidency, “ the European Union is convinced that developing countries are responsible for and control their own development and it is their responsibility to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.” The Secretary of State also recalled that the EU encourages partner countries to scale up their efforts rapidly, especially regarding the reduction of poverty and inequality, and also with the establishment of partnerships between civil society, the private sector and local authorities.

Source: Belgian Presidency of the EU