"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.
The first DEVE Committee hearing in 2015, the European Year for Development, Members exchanged with the Chair of the OCED Development Assistance Committee and the incoming Latvian Presidency.
OECD/DAC Chair Eric Solheim focussed on future options for development financing and discussions on modernizing the definition of assistance.
EU legislation on conflict minerals and the potential impact of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries, as well as child labour were also on the agenda.
Members vote on the discharge Opinion for the execution of the 2013 EU Budget and the European Development Funds, the work of the ACP-EU Join Parliamentary Assembly and the EU's Annual Human Rights Report.
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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.