At European Parliament, Development Committee to Tackle EU Funding Priorities

A view of a European Parliament session. The European Parliament will discuss this week the future of European Union's development financing. Photo by: uropean Union 2011 PE-EP/Pietro Naj-Oleari

The European Parliament’s Development Committee will devote its April 12-13 sessions to discussions on the future of the European Union’s development financing and increasing the impact of EU development policy.

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will appear before the committee on April 13. He will present the European development policy priorities for 2012.

The committee will also hold a public hearing that will explore potential risks of politicization or militarization of humanitarian aid. Representatives from non-governmental groups such as CARE, DARA, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Oxfam Novib will join officials from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and European External Action Service at the April 13 hearing.

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