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9 March: DEVE Committee vote on 'conflict minerals'

02-03-2015 - 16:56
Tin ore

On Monday, 9 March, the Committee on Development will vote on the EU legislation on so-called 'conflict minerals'. The vote will take place in Strasbourg from 9:30 pm in an extraordinary meeting scheduled specifically for the vote.

The DEVE Committee's opinion contributes to preparing Parliament's position on this legislation proposed by the Commission in 2014 in view of setting up a "system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of responsible importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas". The main legislative report is drawn up by the Committee on International Trade.

Workshop 5 March: "The role of the private sector in fostering sustainable development"

26-02-2015 - 17:52
Private sector in fostering sustainable development

On Thursday, 5 March DEVE Rapporteur Nirj Deva (ECR, UK) will chair a workshop with experts and stakeholders to prepare his report on "Private sector and development".

The report will contribute to the operationalising  the new policy framework initiated by the Commission Communication on "A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries". The workshop on 5 March (10:00-12:30 UCT) includes two panels, the first panel looking at the partnership models to support the private sector in developing countries while the second will focus on the principles of engagement for the private sector.

Workshop 2 March: Tax avoidance and tax evasion in developing countries

26-02-2015 - 17:52
Tax avoidance

In preparation of a report on 'Tax avoidance and tax evasion as challenges for governance, social protection and development in developing countries' by MEP Elly Schlein (S&D, IT), the Committee on Development holds a workshop with experts and stakeholders on Monday, 2 March (16.00-19.00 UCT).

The first panel of the workshop will take stock of the situation and its impact on developing countries while a second panel will explore solutions and policy recommendations. The adoption of the report by the Committee is currently foreseen to take place in June.

Committee meeting 23/24 February: Ukraine crisis, Zero Hunger, TTIP

26-02-2015 - 17:51
World Food Day - The Family Meal

During the Development Committee meeting of 23-24 February, MEPs debated how to end hunger, the impact of the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as well as the future of development finance.

The meeting started with taking stock of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Committee then welcomed the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ms Ertharin Cousin, and EU Commissioner Stylianides to discuss ways of eradicating hunger and improving nutrition for a growing global population. On Tuesday, key topics were financing for development post-2015, EU legislation on conflict minerals as well as a vote on the Committee's TTIP Opinion.

Public Hearing 24 February: Financing for Development Post-2015. A Defining Debate

23-02-2015 - 13:07
Financing for development (EN)

On Tuesday, 24 February the Committee on Development is scheduled to hold a public hearing, preparing a report which looks into the question how to increase and best use all available types of financial resources for sustainable global development and poverty eradication over the next 15 years.

In September 2015, UN Member States are set to adopt new 'Sustainable Development Goals', replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed in 2000. An important stepping-stone in the run-up to the UN summit on the future "Sustainable Development Goals" will be a high-level international conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July.

The hearing and the forthcoming report by DEVE Member Pedro Silva Pereira are meant to feed into preparations of the Addis Financing for Development (FfD) conference. EU Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, UN agencies, representatives of business and civil society organisations will provide their perspectives in the DEVE hearing which is scheduled for Tuesday 24 February afternoon (15:30-18:30) and will be live web-streamed.

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TTIP talks: EP committees discuss their recommendations for negotiators

DEVE INTA 24-02-2015 - 18:58

Concern about the lack of tangible progress in TTIP talks were voiced by International trade MEPs who on Tuesday debated their draft recommendations for the TTIP negotiators. Lively discussion concerned the investor-to-state dispute-settlement clause, dubbed unnecessary by the chair, Bernd Lange (DE, S&D). Meanwhile, the development committee adopted an opinion stressing the impact of TTIP on developing countries and calling for the deal to have an explicit reference to development policy. (Read more)

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