DEVE meeting 8 December: Commissioner Mimica, vote on fisheries agreement EU-Senegal

On 8 December the Development Committee (DEVE) will hold its first exchange of views with the new Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. MEPs will also discuss amendments on a report on the work of the ACP-EU JPA and the budgetary discharge for 2013 and the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World. The Committee will also vote on an Opinion on Parliament's assent to a Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Senegal.

Plenary Debates and Votes Post-2015 Goals and Child Malnutrition

During the November session, Parliament's plenary is set to discuss and adopt two resolutions prepared by the Committee on Development (DEVE). On early Monday evening, the first scheduled debate focusses on the EU position for the post 2015 development goals, based on a report by DEVE rapporteur Davor Stier (EPP). The resolution will be voted on Tuesday at noon. On Thursday, 27 November at 09:00 am, MEPs will question the Commission on EU action in relation to child malnutrition in developing countries. More than 165 million children under the age of five are undernourished or suffer from stunted growth. A resolution on the topic tabled by DEVE Committee Chair Linda McAvan on behalf of the Committee will be voted on Thursday noon.

Sakharov Prize laureate Denis Mukwege addressed Committees

On Monday evening (24 November, 19:00-20:30), Denis Mukwege, the Congolese winner of the European Parliament's 2014 Sakharov Prize, exchanged with Members of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Development as well as the Subcommittee on Human Rights. Doctor Mukwege is being awarded the prize for his dedication to treating and empowering Congolese women and girls who are victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the Easter region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 26 November at 12:00 CET.

Committee responsible for:
1. the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the development and cooperation policy of the Union, notably:
(a) political dialogue with developing countries, bilaterally and in the relevant international organisations and interparliamentary fora,
(b) aid to, and cooperation agreements with, developing countries, notably oversight of effective aid funding and evaluation of output, including in relation to poverty eradication,
(c) monitoring of the relationship between the policies of the Member States and those implemented at Union level,
(d) promotion of democratic values, good governance and human rights in developing countries,
(e) the implementation, monitoring and advancement of policy coherence with regard to development policy;
2. all legislation, programming and scrutiny of actions carried out under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), the European Development Fund (EDF) – in close cooperation with national parliaments – and the Humanitarian Aid Instrument, as well as all matters related to humanitarian aid in developing countries and the policy underpinning them;
3. matters relating to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement and relations with the relevant bodies;
4. matters relating to Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs);
5. Parliament’s involvement in election observation missions, when appropriate in cooperation with other relevant committees and delegations.
The committee coordinates the work of the interparliamentary delegations and ad hoc delegations falling within its remit.
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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.
Linda McAvan