Last week, the European Parliament voted in favour of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020. The consent of the EP clears the way for the final approval by the Council in the coming weeks. Two and a half years of intense negotiations, since the Commission had tabled its proposals on 29 June 2011, have come to an end.
The German government speaks of a paradigm shift in development policy, where the public and private sector partner with local farmers to fight hunger in the developing world. But NGOs have called the German Food Partnership (GFP) deceptive, saying it will support industrialisation without helping the poorest farmers. "We are treading on new territory," said Friedrich Kitschelt, head of department at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Malawi's new Finance Minister Maxwell Mkwezalamba travels to Brussels, Belgium, next week on an assignment that has been described as both a "challenge" and "an opportunity" as he will negotiate a €560 million funding for Malawi for the next seven years. "It is a challenging assignment but at the same time an opportunity," Malawi's Ambassador to the European Union (EU) Brave Ndisale told PANA in an exclusive interview in Brussels. Mkwezalamba will be in Brussels to negotiate the 11th European Development Fund (2014-2020).
Tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union, according to 66% of EU citizens. Seven out of ten people (69%) believe that helping these countries is also good for the EU, benefiting its citizens. These are some key results from a Eurobarometer survey to be published today at the European Development Days in Brussels (26-27 November).
"Development financing must be centred on the mobilisation of national resources so as to promote endogenous development," said Patrice Tirolien (S&D, FR), Vice-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), at the opening ceremony of its 26th session on 25 November in Addis Ababa. He stressed that this must respect the fiscal arrangements of the countries concerned.
The European Union announced an extension of its aid portfolio to Liberia in the tune of €279 million for Liberia for the period of 2014 - 2020 under the 11th European Development Fund, last month in Brussels. Speaking on behalf of the European Commission in a recent donor meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced that some $8.8billion is expected to support investments that generate growth and job creation for over 300 million citizens of West Africa.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced a new financial support for West Africa for the period 2014-2020, during a meeting with Ministers and authorities of other countries in the region, held on Tuesday 29 October 2013, to discuss the priorities to be funded during the next 7 years.
The 4th Open Day of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade (SEDT) division took place at the ACP House in Brussels on October 30th 2013 and showcased more than 15 EU-funded programmes dealing with sustainable growth in ACP countries, among which the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
Concord recently published a spotlight report on the European Union (EU) policies dealing with development, food security, climate change, and natural resources against the Lisbon Treaty’s provision on Policy Coherence and Development (PCD). These provisions should ensure that the policies of the EU are centered on battling poverty across the world. The report found that the institutional tools put toward correcting poor policies are ineffective in both gathering data and delivering PCD.
During a visit to Bamako, last week, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs ,UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Kong Kim pledged some €5 billion ($8 billion) to contribute to the region's stability.