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Committee meeting 1 June: tax evasion, Madagascar, post-2015 development financing

26-05-2015 - 13:06
Fisheries agreement with Madagascar on the agenda of the DEVE Committee

Meeting on 1 June, the Development Committee will be voting on its report on tax evasion and tax avoidance as challenges for developing countries. Votes are also scheduled on the EU's budget for 2016 and on a fisheries agreement with Madagascar. Substantial time (16:00-19:00) will be devoted to debrief with Maciej Popowski, the Deupty Secretary General of the External Action Service, on the Development ministers Council taking place 26 May.

The Council is due to adopt conclusions on a"global partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development after 2015". These conclusions come in view of the 3rd UN conference on financing for development, which will take place in July, and the UN summit on the post-2015development agenda, to be held in September.

The Committee meeting will be webstreamed lived. It takes place in Brussels (Altiero Spinelli 1G-3) from 15:30 to 19:00.

Extraordinary meeting with Dr Mukwege: Monday 11 May 15:00-16:30

07-05-2015 - 14:22
Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege talks about violence against women. ©Pietro Naj-Oleari_Mukwege_11242014_265

©Pietro Naj-Oleari_Mukwege_11242014_265

Monday 11 May the Committee on Development held an extraordinary meeting in order to discuss with Dr Denis Mukwege to whom Parliament has awarded the Sakharov Prize 2014 for his work for the victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo's Kivu provinces.

The EP Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly was associated to this meeting. The recording of the discussion with Dr Mukwege can be watched via the link below.

At Parliament's Open Door Day on 9 May, Dr Mukwege participated in a debate entitled "Empowering women and girls: dignity and development for all". The recording of this debate with several MEPs, including Parliament's Vice President Ulrike Lunacek and DEVE Member Davor Stier, can be wathced via the second link below. 

Committee meeting 6/7May: Nepal, Tax evasion, Ebola, Food security and Migration

30-04-2015 - 19:29
At least 5000 people lost there live during the  earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015 and millions are effected.

During the Development Committee meeting of 6 and 7 May, MEPs voted an Opinions on the right to water, a fishing partnership agreement with Cape Verde, and on trade policy and public private partnerships outside the EU. In addition, many topical issues from tax evasion to the humanitarian response to the earthquake in Nepal, the 2016 EU budget, tackling the refugee crisis and the state of food security and challenges towards 2030 were discussed.

The Committee meeting will kicked off on Wednesday with a report on the Election Observation Mission for Nigeria's recent Presidential elections, followed by an exchange on the impact of the EU's trade and investment policy on public-private initiatives, and a feedback on the recent Sendai UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Further on, Members exchanged with the Court of Auditors on blending of grants and loans and debated the Committee's forthcoming report on tax evasion in developing countries.

Wednesday afternoon was devoted to the DEVE report on the role of the private sector in development, the Nepal earthquake, the longer-term lessons of the Ebola outbreak, and to preparing the EU's 2016 budget.

On Thursday the Committee will debate a fisheries agreement with Madagascar, and exchange on how development cooperation can contribute to tackling the causes of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The last two hours of the meeting were devoted to hearing experts on food security and agricultural development, taking stock of the current situation and challenges over the next fifteen years.

Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

28-01-2015 - 11:52
Man shows field of the Naro project western Uganda

2015 is the European Year for Development (EYD) and a high-level meeting kicked off the year in Riga on 9 January where EU institutions, Member States, and civil society representatives met to formulate expectations for a year which is going to be an important crossroads for development cooperation globally.

The Chair of the Committee on Development, Linda McAvan, along with the President of the European Commission, the Latvian Prime Minister and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, were among the first to address the auditorium in Latvia's National Library during the EYD launch.

Riga, Addis, New York: Global development agenda at a crossroads

The idea to make 2015 the European Year for Development, the first ever European Year to be devoted to external action, was based not least on the fact that it is the target year for the Millennium Development Goals agreed on by world leaders in 2000 and that it will be the year when new comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), merging the Rio+20 environmental agenda with the development objectives, are to be agreed. The idea for the European Year was originally championed from within civil society, including the Latvian development NGO platform, and quickly taken up by DEVE Members and the President of Parliament, as well as the Development Commissioner and the Economic and Social Committee.

On 23 October 2012, Parliament's plenary overwhelming endorsed the idea. The ensuing Commission proposal was subsequently subject to the co-decision procedure, during which Parliament coined the motto of the Year: "Our world, our dignity, our future". It underlines that development cooperation centres on human dignity and that development is a universal endeavour in which the notion of "us" and "them" should be overcome to shape a common future. The Decision on the Year was adopted in April 2014.

"Development policy works for real people with real names and real faces"

In her opening speech, DEVE Committee Chair McAvan outlined what should be achieved during the course of the Year. She mentioned broader appreciation of the successes of development aid, broad public ownership of the future post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), concrete targets and strategies for the EU on how to implement the SDGs and concrete and tangible projects to be launched during the Year which show that the EU works to address people's concerns.

The DEVE Chair underlined the need to address violence against women and, pointing to the December climate summit in Paris, stressed that "poverty will never be history unless we tackle climate change".

She emphasised that it was important to drive home the message that development policy works: "If we look at results of the Millennium Development Goals, we see two billion people now with access to clean water, over three million children's lives saved from malaria, millions of people lifted out of poverty - real people with real names and real faces".

#EYD2015 will be an interinstitutional communications priority

Parliament has made EYD 2015 one of its communication priorities, in particular for web communications and activities of the European Parliament Information Offices in Member States and also in terms of communicating about Parliament's contributions to the post-2015 agenda. Parliament's annual Open Doors Day in May will focus on development cooperation as well.

The DEVE Committee, which has set up an EYD coordination group, will organise, among other things, special high-level hearings. It plans to participate in the world exhibition EXPO Milan 2015 (under the theme of "Feeding the planet, energy for life") and contribute to preparing the summit on development finance in Addis Abba in July and the UN special summit on SDGs in New York in September. It will also contribute to the European Development Days in Brussels in June. Towards the end of 2015, DEVE intends to hold an interparliamentary committee meeting to look at the implementation of the new SDGs.

In addition, DEVE Members will be going the extra mile to involve national MPs and raise awareness of colleagues in other EP committees.

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Empowering women in Africa: debate with Sakharov laureate Dr Denis Mukwege

DEVE 11-05-2015 - 11:01

Dr Denis Mukwege will join the Development Committee to debate how empowering women in Africa can foster the overall development of societies and why addressing health and human security is a prerequisite for progress in developing countries. Dr Mukwege was awarded the Sakharov Prize 2014 for his work for the victims of sexual violence in Eastern Congo's Kivu provinces. (Fortsetzung lesen)

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Willkommen auf der Website des Entwicklungsausschusses (DEVE). Seit Juli 2014 habe ich die Ehre, diesem Ausschuss vorzusitzen.

Fast eine Milliarde Menschen auf der Welt lebt in extremer Armut. Noch viel mehr Menschen leiden unter Hunger und Krankheiten oder haben weder Zugang zu Gesundheitsversorgung noch zu Bildung. Die weltweiten Anstrengungen im Rahmen der Millenniums-Entwicklungsziele haben jedoch bereits zu messbaren Fortschritten geführt. In den letzten Jahren ist die Anzahl der von Armut betroffenen Menschen um mehrere Millionen zurückgegangen. Gleichzeitig nehmen aber die sozialen Ungleichheiten zu und wir müssen Möglichkeiten und Wege finden, dass mehr Menschen stärker vom Wirtschaftswachstum profitieren.

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