European Parliament calls on EU countries to deliver aid promises within 5 years

25 may 2015

The European Parliament has called on member states to honour their promise of dedicating 0.7% of gross national product to development aid by 2020.

MEPs adopted a resolution on 19 May, giving member states five more years to meet their official development assistance targets. 
A handful of member states have already reached the 0.7% objective: Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark and the United Kingdom. But the rest, including Ireland, are still a long way off.
"This resolution demands that the Parliament make a choice and it sends a message about the kind of leadership the EU should show. [...] The EU must urgently renew its 0.7% objective", said the resolution’s author Pedro Silva Pereira MEP.
Ireland will be represented at a UN summit on “Financing for Development” in July - but without a clear national position on how and when we will keep our aid promise.
On 10 June, Dóchas members will meet with the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and will call on the Government to produce an explicit commitment to a steady and continuous increase in Ireland’s budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA) to reach the UN target of 0.7% ODA/GNI by 2020.This includes the publication of a time table with interim targets, in euro and % terms, for the years 2016-2020.