Press release – 17-04-2018

Plenary session / Development and cooperation

More robust EU funds to alleviate poverty worldwide

Better targeted and coordinated European financial instruments could achieve more in humanitarian aid and development, MEPs said in a resolution on Tuesday.

Evaluating the implementation of the Development Cooperation Instrument, the Humanitarian Aid Instrument and the European Development Fund in the first half of the 2014-2020 budget, MEPs have put forward a number of proposals for a better functioning of these tools and to eradicate poverty more effectively globally.

Key recommendations:

·   Maintain separate development and humanitarian aid instruments, so as not to jeopardize poverty alleviation,

·   continue providing budgetary support because as it is efficient, flexible and allows for economic self-governance,

·   keep on supporting states even after they have become middle-income countries, as withdrawing aid can hamper their progress to achieve the SDGs,

·   allocate 20% of the EU’s Official Development Assistance to social inclusion and human development, as confirmed in the European Consensus on Development,

·   provide more robust and tailor-made support for civil society actors as they have been under immense pressure worldwide,

·   boost coherence between geographic and thematic programmes, instruments and EU policies,

·   avoid a proliferation of EU trust funds and use them only in emergencies,

·   increase transparency and efficiency in humanitarian aid without failing to help the most vulnerable,

·   the transfer of funds between objectives for changing priorities within an instrument should never divert ODA funds for other purposes and

·   the European Development Fund, alongside other instruments outside the MFF, should be integrated into the EU budget.

The non-binding resolution was backed by 523 votes to 73 with 78 abstentions.


“We must learn our lessons and build on them for a better implementation of these core financial instruments before and after 2020. Fighting poverty, inequality and exclusion, while helping people in humanitarian crisis, require better coherence between instruments in the new MFF, as well as better financing, monitoring and joint long-term implementation strategies”, said rapporteur Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D, ES).

Quick facts

The EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) provides € 19 700 million to the Development Cooperation Instrument, € 6 621 million for humanitarian aid, while the EDF has a budget of € 30 506 million for 2014-2020. Although EDF is the main financial instrument of the EU’s development cooperation policy it is financed directly by the Member States and has stayed outside the EU budget.

Further information

Procedure file

Profile of the rapporteur Enrique Guerrero Salom (S&D, ES)

Committee on Development

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