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Latest DEVE studies: Political dialogue on human rights; Humanitarian aid

Two studies commissioned by the Committee on Development have recently become available:

The aim of the first study is to assess the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the EU's political dialogue on Human Rights under Article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP).
Secondly, the in-depth analysis examines humanitarian aid in the light of the forthcoming, first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul (Turkey) in May 2016.

DEVE Meeting 3 September: post-2015, Gaza, Iraq, Ebola and Budget

The Development committee’s first meeting after the summer recesses will take place on Wednesday 3 September 2014. MEPs will vote on 2015 EU budget lines for development and humanitarian aid. In the morning, Members will discuss the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the sustainable development goals replacing the MDGs after 2015. The afternoon will be devoted to the budget and an encounter with Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Georgieva, focussing on crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine, and the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.
ROOM CHANGE: Please note that the meeting will take place in room ASP 3G3.

Constitutive Meeting elects Linda McAvan as DEVE Chair

On 7 July the newly constituted Committee on Development (DEVE) elected Linda McAvan (Socialists and Democrats, UK) as Chair by acclamation. In addition to the Chair, the committee Bureau will be composed of Maurice Ponga (EPP, France) as 1st Vice Chair, Paavo Väyrynen (ALDE, Finland) as 2nd Vice Chair as well as Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE, Greece) and Nirj Deva (ECR, UK) as 3rd and 4th Vice Chair respectively. The first business meeting of the committee will take place on 22 July.

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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