Contribute to the EU’s consultation on development aid
Published: 07 December 2010
Here’s a last challenge for the Young Reporters: join the online public consultation on EU Aid and encourage others to do so. Make a difference!
So the European Development Days were all about EU aid helping provide a decent living for all in and outside Europe and about how EU citizens are still committed to support the poorest countries.
According to this year’s special survey (Eurobarometer) on EU aid, 89% of Europeans attach a high value to development cooperation, with 45% finding it “very important” and 44% “fairly important”.
Despite the economic and financial crisis, three-quarters (76%) of EU citizens believe there is added value in EU countries working together on helping developing countries. Half of the poll respondents think aid should be increased in line with the target set by the EU (0, 7% of its Gross National Income by 2015).
However, EU citizens expect concrete results and hope EU assistance has a high impact on the ground.
In order to launch a public debate on how best to adapt EU development policy to the needs of developing countries, different approaches will have to be followed. Last month the European Commission proposed a Green Paper (EU jargon for a discussion paper) where it raised questions around four common objectives to be pursued together by the EU and the Member States.
To read the whole text of the Green Paper and participate in the consultation visit the website.
In 2009, the European Union and its 27 Member States gave a total of 49 billion euros in development aid. The external aid managed by the EU’s executive body (European Commission) amounted to 12 billion euros.
Article 208 of the Lisbon Treaty states: “The Union’s development cooperation policy shall have as its primary objective the reduction and, in the long term, the eradication of poverty”.
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