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The EEAS: leaving aside anti-poverty objectives

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Monday, 16 January 2012

The EEAS: leaving aside anti-poverty objectives

According to a report published by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, the EU is marginalising anti-poverty objectives as the European External Action Service (EEAS), fails to integrate development policy. As stated by the organization, competition between the EEAS and DG DEVCO seems to prevail.
Klavdija Cernilogar, CONCORD, Head of Policy states that "EU foreign policy is turning a blind eye to poverty eradication […] In regions such as the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, anti-terrorism and security operations have been prioritised with little consideration to long term development efforts. Catherine Ashton and her colleagues need to realize that while poverty remains, conflict and instability will always find fertile ground. We’re also concerned that development policy risks being instrumentalised for self-interest policies”. Furthermore, she adds that “there is still no clarity on how the European Commission and the EEAS will coordinate €11billion in development programming”.  
Notably, the report gives 5 recommendations for the improvement of the EEAS on this issue.