New info on the newcomers of the EU
Published: 05 December 2010
Surprise, suprise! The newly-entered in the EU don't have to give 0,7% of their GDP for the sake of keeping their promises to make the MDGs work. I really doubt that there are a lot of people who knew that. I mean, I have been dealing with the MDGs since September 2010 and never heard of this. I mean, 0,33% is a lot better, probably even changes some perspectives.
Taking into consideration that the EU wants to persuade (because I cannot quote from Catherine Ray, I just used a less persuasive word) its members to keep those promises, this news is very welcomed. I know that each country has to show the EU something by 2015, either it's about those 0,7% GDP or at least the will to try to achieve the goal, but I wonder what will be the outcome. Eu is indeed the first donor for the developing countries, but what does EU mean? It means 192 member states which need to work together, because otherwise we would be just Europe, just Germany, just The Netherlands etc not the European Union.
This is the beauty of being part of the EU: having to cope with each other, to try to work things out not only for our sake, but also for the rest of the continents' sake. I do believe that it is our responsability to give those 0,7% out of our GDP, or 0,33% in happy cases, but I strongly believe that the EU should find other ways to persuade us to do that. In some cases it's about the money itself (they don't have the money for the country, so they definitely cannot give those money now), in others it's just about laziness. We are humans, so we tend to forget things, even if it's about our promises. I know, how come some countries keep their promises and others don't? It's all about perspective: some countries see the big picture and stick to reality, others get stuck in details and forget about anything else.