The EU is the largest provider of development aid in the world. This is laudable and must continue, but must not be a smokescreen for other issues such as trade liberalisation that will have a longer term affect on development.
The completion of the DDA would provide a boost for development, and the EU must strive to overcome barriers to change, especially in the field of agriculture. Trade is one of the most effective ways to combat poverty and the EU must do all it can to ensure that this tool is used to its best effect.
The EU also has a role to play in fostering good governance and assisting in sustainable and long term urbanization of the so-called “bottom billion”, which over the next twenty years must not be left to urbanise in slums. The development of women in developing societies also has a central role to play in the fight against poverty, and the EU must bear this in mind when shaping its policy in this area.
- Strongly supports completion of DDA
- Opposes protectionism and trade barriers at the borders of the EU
- Strongly supports the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDCs)