EU policies still undermining the fight against poverty
EU policies are continuing to undermine rights in developing countries, says a new report, published by the confederation of European development NGOs, CONCORD, of which Dóchas is the Irish member.
The report, entitled ‘Spotlight on EU Policy Coherence for Development’ launched today shows that much of the good work being done by EU aid is undone by other EU policies.
The report shows that 925 million people went hungry in 2010 – that’s almost 1 out of every 7 people on the planet – while one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. The report suggests that despite reforms, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) still means that EU exports are made artificially cheaper by subsidies and still squeezing local farmers out of the production chain and their local markets.
Another example featured in the report is how the EU is looking to meet increasing European demand for raw materials by signing unfair trade agreements with resource-rich developing countries. And in failing to account for the effects of policies such as the EU Renewable Energy Directive on human rights and the environment, the EU is implementing policies which break its development commitments.
The report is based on article 208 of the Lisbon Treaty, which says that EU policy “shall take account of the objectives of development cooperation in the policies that it implements which are likely to affect developing countries.”
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