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Press Officer for Development issues: Eszter Balazs

Twitter account: @EP_Development

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Parliament’s leading development MEPs are calling on the EU to pledge 300 million euros more to help developing countries obtain COVID-19 vaccines.

Ministers outlined the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.

COVID-19 vaccines should be produced also in developing countries to overcome the pandemic, development MEPs told Commissioner Urpilainen on Thursday.

On Thursday, the Development Committee will discuss with Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen how developing countries can access COVID-19 vaccines.

Europe and Africa must move away from a donor-recipient relationship, said the Development Committee, outlining its vision for a relationship between the two continents.

On Tuesday, Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the EU Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument for 2021-2027, worth 70.8 billion EUR.

No EP consent to Post-Cotonou without parliamentary dimension.

The award ceremony for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, conferred upon the Belarusian democratic opposition, will be held on 16 December.

Parliament calls for better coordination of development aid to help partner countries hit the Sustainable Development Goals and realise the UN 2030 Agenda.

On Thursday, Gavi Alliance CEO Dr Seth Berkley said in the Development Committee Gavi would deliver two billion doses of safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines by 2021.