Council of the EU:
- 4 February: Meeting of General Affairs Council (GAC)
- 5-6 February: COREPER I
- 5 February: COREPER II
- 7-8 February: European Council
- 4-7 February: European Parliament Plenary
- 4-7 February: European Parliament committee meetings
- 4 February: S/C on Sustainable Development
- 5 February: 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the ACP Fish2 Programme
- 8 February: S/C on Political, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs
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UK MPs argue that the 40% of the official development assistance (ODA) budget for 2012, which is channeled through international organizations as the World Bank and the EU, might not have the expected results, given the lack of effectiveness of the institutions in allocating the money.
A coalition of 100 organization launched on Wednesday 23 January a campaign to lobby UK’s prime-minister David Cameroon, to use the country’s presidency of the G8, and ahead of the group’s meeting in June, to push action against global hunger.
Human right represent an important part of the of the Agenda for Change of EU Development policy, launched by the European Commission in 2011. Delving into the topics, the conference organized by the Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid DG InfoPoint in Brussels on Monday 28 discussed the way the expansion of human rights into development work affects organizational and operational processes.
Development aid organisations call on the European Commission to allocate 10% of the revenue from newly introduced financial transactions tax (FTT), “to the benefit of the poorest in the world".
The EU announced the mobilisation of €20 million for Mali as relief for the people fleeing the conflict and for the approximately 100.000 malnourished refugees children.
Despite uncertainties on UK’s membership future in the EU, the country is likely to remain an important player in Europe’s overseas development policies, participating in donor policy debates, as does non-EU member Switzerland.
Africa still needs massive international development assistance but it also has its success stories, with countries such as Ghana heading towards a possible ‘aid exit’, European Commission claim.
The EU will be hosting on February 5 an international support ministerial meeting on the situation in Mali, according to a spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. The meeting is to be organized in Brussels, with the participation of the African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations
Since 2007, the European Commission has invested €4 billion in 48 developing countries in the effort to improve levels of illiteracy, enabling 9 million pupils to enrol in school and 720 000 primary teachers to receive training.