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DEVE meeting 22 July: Italian Presidency, Budget 2015, European Year for Development

At its meeting on 22 July, the Committee on Development (DEVE) examined the budget lines for development and humanitarian aid proposed by Council and Commission for the 2015 EU Budget. There was an exchange of views with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Mr Lapo Pistelli (photo), on the priorities of the Italian Presidency, and a discussion on major trends and issues in EU development policy with the responsible Director General of the Commission (DG DEVCO) and the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service. Finally, Members saw a presentation on the preparations for the 2015 European Year for Development.

2013/2014 Legislation negotiated by the Development Committee

Over the last few months of the 7th parliamentary term the Committee on Development has prepared and negotiated several legal acts:
The Development Cooperation Instrument (2014-2020) was adopted in December after long and sometimes difficult negotiations with Council and Commission.
Negotiations on the establishment of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative were concluded in December and the Regulation adopted in plenary 25 February.
Finally, a decision to declare 2015 the European Year for Development was agreed between Council and Parliament in early February and adopted by plenary and signed in April (photo).
The three legal acts have all been published in the Official Journal and can be consulted in all languages via the links below.

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