EU foreign ministers who met Tuesday (26 May) in Brussels, to prepare for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa next July, failed to agree on binding dates to reach the spending target of 0.7% of their GNI on aid.
A new funding plan to deliver basic health and education for everyone is essential to end extreme poverty, according to The ONE Campaign’s DATA Report 2015: Putting the Poorest First. The report was launched today (26 May), in advance of theForeign Affairs Council on Development held the same day.
Alexander de Croo, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, and Minister for Development Cooperation, said on Tuesday (26 May) that his country would not attain the spending target of 0.7% of its GNI on aid in the near future, but could make an effort to target at least 50% of this aid to the least developed countries.
The Secretary-General of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) group of states said yesterday (21 May) that his organisation was against the EU’s idea of destroying the boats of human traffickers, who make fortunes by luring prospective immigrants into risky journeys across the Mediterranean.
The European Parliament has called on member states to honour their promise of dedicating 0.7% of gross national product to development aid by 2020. France hopes to sidestep binding time limits. EurActiv France reports.
The European Parliament unexpectedly voted on Wednesday (20 April) in favour of a mandatory monitoring system for minerals originating from conflict zones. But negotiations with the Council and Commission will be tough. EurActiv France reports.