On Tuesday, 23 September 2014, Members of the Committee on Development will take a close look into the actions which the EU and other international actors have taken and still need to take to respond more effectively to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. The ambassador of Sierra Leone and representatives of humanitarian organisation, the WHO and EU institutions will be present (10:30-12:30). In the afternoon, Members will vote on the committee’s opinion on the 2015 EU budget and discuss the forthcoming UN Climate Change conference in Lima. The day will close with the presentation of nominees for the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought which is organised jointly with the Foreign Affairs committee and the subcommittee on Human Rights.
DEVE Meeting 3 September: post-2015, Gaza, Iraq, Ebola and Budget
During the Development committee’s first meeting after the summer recesses on 3 September MEPs voted on amendments to the budget lines for development and humanitarian aid within the 2015 EU budget, resulting in a recommendation to reinstate the figures proposed by the Commission for all lines except the Emergency Aid Reserve which the Committee believes should be increased. In the morning, Members exchanged on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the sustainable development goals replacing the MDGs after 2015. The afternoon was dominated by 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.
The recording of the meeting is available via the link below.
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.
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.
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.