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EU development policy needs joined-up thinking

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

EU development policy needs joined-up thinking

The EU must ensure its development policy transcends its current structural weaknesses, is clearly prioritized and not undermined by inconsistencies between trade, agriculture, fisheries and other policies, MEPs said in two resolutions adopted this week. The Parliament also gave its green light for the EU to approve the International Food Assistance Convention.
MEPs broadly supported the Commission's "Agenda for change" communication on the future of EU development policy. They approved plans to concentrate EU aid on the most needy countries, but asked the Commission to negotiate a roadmap for gradually reducing assistance to middle-income ones. They also advocated targeting EU assistance on a limited number of priorities to be identified with the beneficiary countries. Parliament also said an independent think tank should be set up to look at ways to harness the EU's political potential as the world's leading donor of development aid to better effect.

Source: European Parliament