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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Proposal of 2015 as European Year for Development

The European Commission has adopted the proposal for making 2015 the European Year of Development. This will be now considered for adoption by the Council and European Parliament.
2015 is seen as a pivotal year for development; it is the last year for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the year in which the major decisions will be taken on what their replacements will look like.
Four years after the adoption of the Agenda for Change (the European Commission's blueprint to refocus its development aid to make sure that it reaches those sectors and countries which need it most), 2015 is considered the ideal time for donors and stakeholders to come together to look at what has been achieved so far, and most importantly, what still needs to be done. Despite the current economic downturn, support for development remains high across the EU, with some 85% of EU citizens saying that Europe should continue helping developing countries despite the economic crisis, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. In this context, the European Year of Development 2015 can be a key opportunity to raise awareness of development across Europe.
Source: European Commission