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.
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.
Following the vote of approval by the European Parliament on 22 October, the new European Commission has taken office on 1 November. The Chair of the Committee on Development, Linda McAvan, congratulated in particular the Commissioners for Development and International Cooperation, Mr Neven Mimica, and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, for their appointment.
In her congratulation letters the Chair underlined common priorities and invited the Commissioners to a meeting with the Committee in the near future. McAvan also congratulated Federica Mogherini for her appointment as High Representative and Commission Vice President. She will be responsible, among other things, for overseeing programming of development aid and coordination of the external relations Commissioners.
The election of the new Commission for the period 2014-2019 was prepared by hearings of each of the Commissioners-designate and by written questionnaires. The DEVE hearings and questions are available through the links below.
DEVE meeting 3 November: Syria, Ebola, post2015 goals
On Monday, 3 November (15:00-18:30 CET) the Committee on Development will discuss an initiative report on the longer-term lessons from the Ebola epidemic. Members will also discuss the EU negotiating position for the future global framework for sustainable development goals and vote on an opinion in view of the UN climate change conference taking place in Lima in December. The plight of Syrian refugees and EU humanitarian relief will be on the agenda at the start of the meeting.
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.