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"Parliament must insist on rapid solution to EU humanitarian aid payment crisis"

The Chair of the EP Development Committee, Linda McAvan, has expressed grave concern about the lack of payment credits for humanitarian aid operations in the EU budget. Following an exchange with EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Georgieva on 3 September, the Committee Chair underlined that proper budgeting and adequate funding for humanitarian aid was crucial to help victims of current crises. She pointed out that currently more people were fleeing conflict zones than in the aftermath of the second world war.
McAvan called on the Council of Ministers to swiftly adopt the Draft Amending Budget, presented by the Commission in May, in order to address a widening gap in payments, a gap which is threatening to stall humanitarian aid operations to which the EU has already agreed. Commissioner Georgieva said that "Member States must recognise that it is not only morally proper but also in our interest to bring down the flares of conflict".
Following the meeting and based on a mandate from political group Coordinators of the Development Committee, Linda McAvan also expressed these concerns in a letter to the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Jean Arthuis:
"Disruptions in humanitarian aid delivery are incomparable to those in other EU activities: humanitarian aid is often a matter of life or death. (...) The absence of a Council response suggests that crucial humanitarian aid funds are effectively being held hostage to agreement on the entire EU budget for the next year. For the sake of the children, women and men dependent on EU humanitarian relief and of implementing partners' ability to focus on delivery of this relief, Parliament must insist on a rapid solution to the aggravating payment crisis."
During the meeting of 3 September, the Development Committee also voted for an increase in the Emergency Aid Reserve in the 2015 budget but the final decision will be with Council and Parliament's plenary.

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DEVE meeting 23 September: Ebola, Budget 2015, Climate Change, Sakharov Prize

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.

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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.

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Seven nominees for the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, chosen by political groups and groups of MEPs, will be presented at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee on 23 September, at 16:15.


The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

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