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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.

EU Ebola coordinator reports on fact finding mission to West Africa

On Monday, 17 November (17:00-18:30 CET) the Committee on Development convened for an extraordinary meeting to get a first-hand report by Christos Stylianides on the situation in the Ebola affected countries of West Africa. Stylianides is the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and also the EU coordinator for the Ebola crisis. He informed Members directly after visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea between 12 and 16 November in order to assess progress and further needs to respond to the Ebola outbreak. The EU has collectively mobilised more than 900 million EUR in response to this crisis but DEVE Members have been critical in particular of EU Member States' reluctance to fully coordinate and scale up their efforts during the summer.

Conflict minerals, child under-nutrition, post-2015 development goals, EYD 2015

On 10-11 November, the Development Committee will vote on several hundreds of amendments to prepare Parliament's position for the negotiation on the post 2015 global development goals, expected to be adopted by all UN Members States in September 2015 and to be negotiated until then. MEPs will also vote on a draft resolution on child under-nutrition, a problem affecting at least 225 million children under the age of five. The European Year for Development 2015, private sector and development and legislation on conflict minerals will also be discussed.

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DEVE 17-11-2014 - 19:49  

The EU should come up with a detailed action plan to combat the spread of the Ebola virus, Development Committee MEPs told Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Monday, after he briefed them on his four-day trip to the affected countries. MEPs highlighted the need to invest in these countries' health systems and not to reduce the EU humanitarian aid budget.

DEVE 12-11-2014 - 10:17  

The designation of 2015 as European Year for Development (EYD), with the motto “Our world, our future, our dignity”, coined by MEPs, is an opportunity that must be taken to raise citizens’ awareness of the EU's contribution to fighting hunger and eradicating poverty worldwide, said MEPs on Tuesday afternoon, in their first debate on possible EYD activities. The EYD must also anchor “development thinking” in institutions around the world, they added.

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