EU Policy

Marta 2016 10 26 12 00

Brussels, 26/10/2016 - The European Union has again failed to meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Development Aid by 2015. The CONCORD Aidwatch report 2016 published today, entitled ‘This is not enough’, reveals that only five countries met their 2015 targets: Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. This means there is a ‘debt’ of €36.9billion in 2015 between what the EU has promised to developing countries and what it has delivered.

Marta 2014 06 16 12 00

Three Lithuanian NGOs – the Lithuanian NGDO Platform, the Baltic Environment Forum and the Sustainable Development Initiatives – joined the voices of the world civil society in support for a strong climate change reflection (including a separate goal) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

Marta 2014 05 23 12 00

On May 19 in Brussels, the ministers of EU member states discussed the EU Development Council issues: Post-2015 Agenda, the role of the private sector role in development, the implementation of Agenda for Change. The Council adopted conclusions on EU development aid targets and rights based approach.

Mariana 2014 02 25 12 00

On the 19th of February, the NGDO Platform expressed its support for a position paper formulated by the Lithuanian Environmental NGO’s Coalition. The document discusses the goals to be reached by 2030 in the areas of climate change and energy. The position paper was officially presented on the 20th of February at the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania while discussing the Lithuanian position on the new goals of the European Union (EU) in the areas of climate change mitigation and energy policies until 2030. The discussion was organised by two Lithuanian NGOs “Sustainable Development Initiatives – DVI” and “Baltic Environmental Forum” and the Ministry of Environment.

Marta 2013 12 16 12 00

On 12 December 2013, the EU Development Cooperation (DC) Council under the Presidency of Lithuania discussed issues of development cooperation policy prepared by working groups during the last semester: principles of post-2015 agenda and its financing, and the Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). Being mandatory for EU institutions and member states, the Council’s conclusions lay the foundation for the EU’s attitude towards funding the development cooperation after 2015. They prescript a solid part of responsibility to developing states themselves and emphasize a more significant role of private sector in funding development.

Mariana 2013 11 18 12 00

The period of the 2014-2020 Multi-annual Financing Framework (MFF) will cover notably the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the EU’s own target to spend, collectively, 0.7% of GNI on development aid. It was negotiated while EU actors were participating in global discussions on development effectiveness (in Busan in 2011), future financing for development (for example at the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – OECD DAC) and the post-2015 agenda (with global consultations run by the United Nations).

Marta 2013 10 17 12 00

European aid to poor countries is stalling two years ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline, with aid cut or stagnant in 19 member states reveals the new Concord AidWatch report published on October 17, the International Day for Poverty Eradication.

Marta 2013 10 07 12 00

On October 8, 2013, the NGDO Platform presented to the public the Lithuanian Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Position on Development Cooperation Policy Issues for the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Marta 2013 09 18 12 00

CONCORD presents the report "Spotlight on Policy Coherence for Development 2013". The report looks at how some EU policies negatively affect developing countries in the areas of financing for development, food security, natural resources and climate change.

donatasj 2013 09 15 12 00

Lithuanian National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform (NGDO Platform) and the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation LAPAS shared with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania some key messages ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Special Event for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York City on September the 25th.

Mariana 2013 09 14 12 00

On the 24-26 of July, 2013, NGO "Pozityvus gyvenimas" organized the forum “HIV in Europe and Neighbouring Countries“ in the frame of Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Forum expressed serious concerns over the sustainability of the HIV response in the countries neighbouring the EU and in Central Asia, which heavily depends on international funds that are being phased out.

Mariana 2013 09 09 12 00

The European Union (EU) is a key actor in financing for development. It is home to many transnational companies and has a globally significant financial sector. It is the biggest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA), and a major exporter and importer from the global south. Concord, Eurodad and CAN Europe propose 12 specific actions as an initial test of the EU’s ambition and credibility in the upcoming global negotiations on financing for development of a new global sustainable development framework including post-2015 development goals, the post-Rio sustainability goals, and climate change financing.

Marta 2013 05 12 12 00

The European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 "Post 2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future" seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda by providing independent research-based analysis, stimulating debate and building common ground among key stakeholders. Based on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) experience and on an analysis of the changing international context and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 attempts to identify key potential drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015, in order to tackle poverty in the poorest countries in an inclusive and sustainable manner. Three such drivers are highlighted: development finance, trade and investment, and migration.

Marta 2013 05 12 12 00

Human rights and a focus on the multidimensional scope of poverty should be at the centre of the agenda that replaces the Millennium Development Goals - due to expire in less than two years’ time - according to a new position from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 European Taskforce (ETF). New report from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 ETF was presented to the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, and the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik on 2 May in Brussels.

Marta 2013 02 28 12 00

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end in 2015 and the Rio+20 conference launched the process for the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Commission acknowledges that both challenges must be tackled together through a joined up approach. The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked and the Communication "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", presented by the European Commission (EC), proposes a global framework to address both issues, with a view to achieve an EU common position to feed the debate at the UN and worldwide.

Marta 2013 02 26 12 00

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, Dochas, presents its recommendations for the Irish EU Presidency. To name a few- Dochas urges the EU leaders to ensure the full achievement of the MDGs, deliver tangible progress on the EU’s response to global hunger and malnutrition, ensure that EU articulates a vision beyond aid.

Marta 2012 09 14 12 00

One of the priorities of the forthcoming Lithuanian EU Presidency (second half of 2013) is the post-MDGs agenda. Therefore Lithuanian Umbrella plans to raise public awareness on the post-MDGs, also contribute to the formation of the future framework by pursuing a national advocacy campaign. The A National Nongovernmental Development Cooperation Organisations Platform (Platform) supports the comments submitted by the Beyond 2015 campaign therefore the core principles are reiterated.

2012 09 07 15 12

Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Ranging from small community-based organisations to international NGOs, academics and trade unions, Beyond 2015 currently brings together more than 400 civil society organisations from 80 countries across the world. Read more here

2011 12 09 12 11

The European Commission adopted budget proposals for its external instruments from 2014-2020. They will allow the Union to fulfil its responsibility on the global stage: fighting poverty and promoting democracy, peace, stability and prosperity. The range of instruments will support developing countries as well as countries in the European neighbourhood and those that are preparing accession into the EU. The Commission will seek to target its resources where they are most needed, where they will have the highest impact while ensuring more flexibility to be able to react swiftly to unforeseen events. This budget will also enable the EU to further reinforce its role on the global stage and promote its interests and values.

2011 11 19 12 07

AKÜ estimates the most important elements of development policy outlined in the Green Paper to be the need to focus on aid coordination and harmonisation, policy coherence for development and taking a holistic approach to development. However, we are concerned about some of the discourse used in the Green Paper, which seems to neglect the focus on solving the challenges faced by the poorest of the world, and diminishes the role of civil society in both EU and partner countries.

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