Europe’s largest network of nongovernmental organizations has thrown its support behind Denmark’s push to create a club of EU countries that spend at least 0.7 percent of their gross national income on development aid.
Members of Concord and the anti-poverty campaign group ONEgathered March 16 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to publicly voice support for the Danish government’s proposal. They urged the country, which currently holds presidency of the European Union, to continue its strong commitment to foreign aid and development. Other EU governments must also follow suit, ONE Europe Director Adrian Lovett said.
Denmark first proposed a 0.7 percent club in a government manifesto it released 2011. If formed today, this club will include only Denmark, Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands out of 27 EU member states. The United Kingdom, Sweden, Luxembourg and Belgium are on track to meet this target by 2015, but countries such as Italy and Latvia are off target, according to Concord’s AidWatch.
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