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EU development committee tackles 2015 priorities

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

EU development committee tackles 2015 priorities

After electing its chair and vice-chairs following the recent elections held in the European Union’s 28 member states, the European Parliament’s influential Committee on Development — known as DEVE — held its first meeting this week under the stewardship of British MEP Linda McAvan.

On the agenda were priorities for the coming months as well as the 2015 budget, Devex learned from insider sources in Brussels.

Committee members agreed to push forward on previous commitments on human development, food security and civil society as priority areas. Members also heard from European Commission representatives about their priorities in the coming parliamentary term, which included continued work around the executive’s position on the post-2015 framework in advance of the United Nations General Assembly in September, the definition of the so-called Means of Implementation to be presented next year in Addis Ababa, and follow-up on the Cotonou cooperative agreement — the framework for the EU’s relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, which expires in 2020.

MEPs, according to well-placed sources present at the committee meeting, raised concerns over how differentiation has contributed to the lack of progress on finishing the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals — especially in middle-income countries, the importance of policy coherence for development, and progress on the human-rights based approach to EU development policy.

Source: devex.com