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Thursday, 07 February 2013

Irish priority: stronger link between development and humanitarian policies

A month into the Irish presidency of the EU, the Irish minister of state for trade and development Joe Costello said one of his main priories is to achieve a stronger link between EU's development and humanitarian policies - "The chronic nature of poverty and vulnerability, and the increasing frequency and severity of natural and man-made disasters in recent years, points to the need to ensure a coherent, joined-up approach on the part of both humanitarian and development actors", Costello said to The Parliament.
Earlier this year, the European Union's humanitarian aid commissioner Georgieva compared her service to “a speedboat”, and development aid to the Queen Mary ocean liner.
Besides, "Linking relief, recovery and development" and the "EU aid volunteers' initiative are designated as further concern matters in the field of trade and development for the Irish Presidency of the EU. The EU aid volunteers' initiative receives intense attention from the minister, beings of "particular interest to the European parliament", and given that "a well functioning, well trained corps of humanitarian aid volunteers should be seen as a concrete expression of the EU's solidarity with those in need."
Not lastly, the presidency wants to make the "forgotten crises", such as those in Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo also one of its main concerns.

Source: the Parliament