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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (debate)

  Linda McAvan (S&D). – Mr President, I won’t repeat what the rapporteurs and the other speakers from my group have said about the key amendments which they have tabled to this draft instrument. They make an improvement to the text, and I hope the Council will accept them.

I’d like to thank the co—rapporteurs, in particular Frank Engel and Charles Goerens from the Committee on Development (DEVE), because they have stood up for European development policy and presented it as more than a simple foreign policy tool. It is its own distinctive policy, based on values rooted in the fight against extreme poverty and the fight for global justice.

In the short time left, just two quick points. Firstly, the period in which the new instrument will operate is going to be a crucial one. Between now and 2030, the EU and the global community must deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as on the promise of creating a sustainable future – not just for ourselves, but for all who share our planet. EU external action and development will be part of that.

Finally, colleagues, this will probably be the last time I’ll speak to this Chamber as an MEP, so after 21 years, I would like to say some thank yous. Thank you, Commissioner Mimica, and your staff. You’ve been brilliant to work with. Thank you to my colleagues on the Committee on Development (DEVE) in particular, the colleagues from the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) we’ve worked with tonight, the staff and the MEPs.

But I want to pick out two people tonight for a special thank you: my two researchers up in the public gallery. They told me that tonight is the first time they’ve had time to come here, because they’re always so busy working. So for James Carey and Laura O’Connor, a special thank you to both of you. Thank you.


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