"On behalf of the Committee on Development, I express our sincere condolences to the victims of cyclone Pam and their families and our solidarity with the people of Vanuatu" said Chair Linda McAvan. "This disaster is among the most serious that the region has ever suffered".
"We welcome the European Commission's rapid funding response to cover most urgent needs in Vanuatu, even though the scale of the devastation and humanitarian needs especially in the remote areas still need to be assessed", stated McAvan this Tuesday (17 March).
Having just returned from the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, the Committee's Standing Rapporteur on Humanitarian Aid Enrique Guerrero Salom added:
"Along with my colleague in the European Parliament delegation to the World Conference, I would like to underline the importance of a common framework and closer cooperation to face the challenges that disaster risk reduction raises in a world where natural catastrophes are increasing phenomena. The tragedy in Vanuatu is a sharp reminder; preparedness and strengthening disaster resilience have to be at the forefront of our efforts".The Bureau of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in Brussels on Thursday, 18 March also expressed its solidarity and observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of cyclone Pam.
During the Development Committee meeting of 23-24 February, MEPs debated how to end hunger, the impact of the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as well as the future of development finance.
The meeting started with taking stock of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Committee then welcomed the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ms Ertharin Cousin, and EU Commissioner Stylianides to discuss ways of eradicating hunger and improving nutrition for a growing global population. On Tuesday, key topics were financing for development post-2015, EU legislation on conflict minerals as well as a vote on the Committee's TTIP Opinion.
Concern about the lack of tangible progress in TTIP talks were voiced by International trade MEPs who on Tuesday debated their draft recommendations for the TTIP negotiators. Lively discussion concerned the investor-to-state dispute-settlement clause, dubbed unnecessary by the chair, Bernd Lange (DE, S&D). Meanwhile, the development committee adopted an opinion stressing the impact of TTIP on developing countries and calling for the deal to have an explicit reference to development policy. (Read more)
Welcome to the website of the Committee on Development (DEVE). I have had the honour of being Chair of the committee since July 2014.
Nearly a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. Many more face hunger and disease or have no access to healthcare or education. Yet global development efforts, under the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, have led to measurable progress, and we have seen millions being lifted out of poverty in recent years. At the same time however, we are also see growing inequalities and need to find ways to make economic growth more beneficial for a greater number of people.
The EU’s contribution to supporting development is vital and parliamentary support and scrutiny is an important element. Our committee participates in deciding the budget for EU aid spending, we keep a close watch on the European Commission, External Action Service and all those using EU aid funds, and we push for better coordination between donor countries and agencies. We participate in making the laws that frame EU development aid. We also meet with officials, stakeholders and experts from around the world to discuss solutions and hear what's really needed on the ground. I invite you to regularly check the news and announcements, consult meeting documents or even watch our committee meetings live as they happen.