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"Condolences to the victims of cyclone Pam and solidarity with the people of Vanuatu"

19-03-2015 - 12:01
Vanuatu: Assessing the impact of cyclone Pam

"On behalf of the Committee on Development, I express our sincere condolences to the victims of cyclone Pam and their families and our solidarity with the people of Vanuatu" said Chair Linda McAvan. "This disaster is among the most serious that the region has ever suffered".

"We welcome the European Commission's rapid funding response to cover most urgent needs in Vanuatu, even though the scale of the devastation and humanitarian needs especially in the remote areas still need to be assessed", stated McAvan this Tuesday (17 March).

Having just returned from the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, the Committee's Standing Rapporteur on Humanitarian Aid Enrique Guerrero Salom added:

"Along with my colleague in the European Parliament delegation to the World Conference, I would like to underline the importance of a common framework and closer cooperation to face the challenges that disaster risk reduction raises in a world where natural catastrophes are increasing phenomena. The tragedy in Vanuatu is a sharp reminder; preparedness and strengthening disaster resilience have to be at the forefront of our efforts".

The Bureau of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in Brussels on Thursday, 18 March also expressed its solidarity and observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of cyclone Pam.

In its next meeting on 31 March - 1 April, the Committee on Development will hear the Commission on the EU contribution to the emergency relief efforts in Vanuatu.

In primo piano

Committee meeting 31.03-01.04: Migration, tax avoidance, Ebola, Vanuatu, development finance

25-03-2015 - 15:40
Border check point

In its forthcoming meeting, the Development Committee will discuss how to deal with the causes and consequences of the Ebola outbreak, hear about relief efforts for Vanuatu, and discuss EU Budget Support and Financing for Development on Tuesday afternoon (31 March).

Wednesday morning (1 April) will be dedicated to a debate with the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) on the nexus between development and migration. In the afternoon, EU Member States' commitment to dedicate 0.7% of the Gross National Income to development assistance will be subject of a Committee vote, followed by discussions on the right to water, EU relations with Africa and tax evasion in developing countries.

European Year for Development 2015: Briefings on monthly themes

19-03-2015 - 12:49
our world, our dignity, our future

During the European Year for Development (EYD), the EU aims to highlight specific topics and sectors of development cooperation through monthly themes.The theme for April is health, a development sector of particular importance to the European Parliament, as the latest EYD briefing underlines.

The European Parliament research services contribute to this with monthly briefings and infographics. Briefings on the theme of "Europe in the World" (January), "Education" (February) and the most recent ones on "Health" (April) and "Women and Girls" (March) are available for download (links below). Translated versions of the briefings are made available on the EYD2015 website.

In addition, an updated briefing "At a glance" about the aims and origins of EYD 2015 has also been published.

9 March: DEVE Committee vote on 'conflict minerals'

02-03-2015 - 16:56
Tin ore

On 9 March, the Committee on Development held an extrordinaory meeting to adopt its Opinion on so-called 'conflict minerals' legislation.

The adopted Opinin calls for a mandatory system of certification for the sourcing of certain minerals from conflict affected countries or regions. The DEVE 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.

Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

28-01-2015 - 11:52
Man shows field of the Naro project western Uganda

2015 is the European Year for Development (EYD) and a high-level meeting kicked off the year in Riga on 9 January where EU institutions, Member States, and civil society representatives met to formulate expectations for a year which is going to be an important crossroads for development cooperation globally.

The Chair of the Committee on Development, Linda McAvan, along with the President of the European Commission, the Latvian Prime Minister and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, were among the first to address the auditorium in Latvia's National Library during the EYD launch.

Riga, Addis, New York: Global development agenda at a crossroads

The idea to make 2015 the European Year for Development, the first ever European Year to be devoted to external action, was based not least on the fact that it is the target year for the Millennium Development Goals agreed on by world leaders in 2000 and that it will be the year when new comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), merging the Rio+20 environmental agenda with the development objectives, are to be agreed. The idea for the European Year was originally championed from within civil society, including the Latvian development NGO platform, and quickly taken up by DEVE Members and the President of Parliament, as well as the Development Commissioner and the Economic and Social Committee.

On 23 October 2012, Parliament's plenary overwhelming endorsed the idea. The ensuing Commission proposal was subsequently subject to the co-decision procedure, during which Parliament coined the motto of the Year: "Our world, our dignity, our future". It underlines that development cooperation centres on human dignity and that development is a universal endeavour in which the notion of "us" and "them" should be overcome to shape a common future. The Decision on the Year was adopted in April 2014.

"Development policy works for real people with real names and real faces"

In her opening speech, DEVE Committee Chair McAvan outlined what should be achieved during the course of the Year. She mentioned broader appreciation of the successes of development aid, broad public ownership of the future post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), concrete targets and strategies for the EU on how to implement the SDGs and concrete and tangible projects to be launched during the Year which show that the EU works to address people's concerns.

The DEVE Chair underlined the need to address violence against women and, pointing to the December climate summit in Paris, stressed that "poverty will never be history unless we tackle climate change".

She emphasised that it was important to drive home the message that development policy works: "If we look at results of the Millennium Development Goals, we see two billion people now with access to clean water, over three million children's lives saved from malaria, millions of people lifted out of poverty - real people with real names and real faces".

#EYD2015 will be an interinstitutional communications priority

Parliament has made EYD 2015 one of its communication priorities, in particular for web communications and activities of the European Parliament Information Offices in Member States and also in terms of communicating about Parliament's contributions to the post-2015 agenda. Parliament's annual Open Doors Day in May will focus on development cooperation as well.

The DEVE Committee, which has set up an EYD coordination group, will organise, among other things, special high-level hearings. It plans to participate in the world exhibition EXPO Milan 2015 (under the theme of "Feeding the planet, energy for life") and contribute to preparing the summit on development finance in Addis Abba in July and the UN special summit on SDGs in New York in September. It will also contribute to the European Development Days in Brussels in June. Towards the end of 2015, DEVE intends to hold an interparliamentary committee meeting to look at the implementation of the new SDGs.

In addition, DEVE Members will be going the extra mile to involve national MPs and raise awareness of colleagues in other EP committees.

Committee meeting 21/22 January: Latvian Presidency, DAC Chair, conflict minerals, TTIP, child labour

13-01-2015 - 18:07
Child labour

The first DEVE Committee hearing in 2015, the European Year for Development, Members exchanged with the Chair of the OCED Development Assistance Committee and the incoming Latvian Presidency.

OECD/DAC Chair Eric Solheim focussed on future options for development financing and discussions on modernizing the definition of assistance.

EU legislation on conflict minerals and the potential impact of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries, as well as child labour were also on the agenda.

Members vote on the discharge Opinion for the execution of the 2013 EU Budget and the European Development Funds, the work of the ACP-EU Join Parliamentary Assembly and the EU's Annual Human Rights Report.

Watch the recording below.

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Trasmissione odierna

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Biblioteca multimediale

09-03-2015 - 21:34
DEVE Riunione
05-03-2015 - 10:05
DEVE Riunione

Messaggio di benvenuto

Chair of the Committee on Development

Benvenuti sul sito web della commissione per lo sviluppo (DEVE) che ho l'onore di presiedere dal luglio 2014.

Circa un miliardo di persone nel mondo vive in condizioni di estrema povertà. Un numero ancor maggiore soffre la fame e le malattie o non ha accesso all'assistenza medica o all'istruzione. Gli sforzi di sviluppo globale, previsti nel quadro degli obiettivi di sviluppo del Millennio, hanno comportato però notevoli progressi che negli ultimi anni hanno consentito a milioni di persone di uscire dalla povertà. Nel contempo però assistiamo altresì a crescenti disparità e dobbiamo fare in modo che più persone beneficino maggiormente della crescita economica.

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