The Netherlands is happy about the plans the European Commission has outlined in its new development cooperation policy.
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The Dutch government particularly welcomes the commission’s endorsement of the private sector’s role in development and intention to adopt a more critical approach to budget support and selection of beneficiary countries.
“I see a shift from charity to investment, and that is a good thing,” Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen said Oct. 18.
The Dutch foreign affairs ministry noted that it had been pushing Brussels to modernize its development policy, in line with the changes in the Netherlands’ aid strategy.
“We need to shake off postcolonial hang-ups and enter into modern business relations on a basis of equality and shared responsibilities,” Knapen said. “The taxpayer deserves nothing less.”
Last week, the European Commission released its development policy. Some members of the European development community, however, have expressed disappointment, saying the new policy lacks concrete actions and that the proposed approaches “are in the interest of the EU only, not the developing world.”
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