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New call for development aid before EU budget summit

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Thursday, 07 February 2013

New call for development aid before EU budget summit

Ahead of the EU summit on the 2014-2020 budget, where cut spending for development aid up to 13% is expected, MEP Eva Joly, chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development calls on EU leaders not to sacrifice the funds for development, which she calls “peace insurance for Europe”.
The development aid budget is expected to suffer the highest cut in the EU budget - 11% to 13%, compared to overall reduction of 7.5% to other budget headings. Joly believes this is caused by a self-proclaimed assumption among EU leaders that development aid is not a priority.
‘EU states behave egoistically and have a short-term approach. France for instance doesn’t support a reasonable fishing policy. And France would not accept cuts to the fisheries funds, as it would not accept cuts to the Common Agricultural Policy, two policies which currently are not led by the common interest for a better food, a better environment, for fair and shared revenues for all farmers and fishermen’ she affirms.
Joly added that the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, which she chairs, has put in the centre of its work the fight against tax heavens and tax evasion, with the purpose of allowing the developing countries to have a better access to their resources, and to obtain a just share of what is being extracted from their soil.

Source: Euractiv