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Commissioner Piebalgs calls on Member States to intensify efforts to increase development aid

The European Union and its Member States continued to be the world's largest aid donor in 2013 according to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA).

OECD figures show that EU collective ODA (EU institutions and Member States) increased from €55.3 billion in 2012 to €56.5 billion in 2013, after two consecutive years of decline. EU collective ODA remained at 0.43% of EU gross national income (GNI), same level as the year before.

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs commented: “I am glad to see that the recent decline in ODA spending seems to have been reversed and we are seeing a positive trend again. Clearly, the EU still has a long way to go to meet our collective commitment, but measures taken by some Member States show that we can deliver on our promises, even in difficult budgetary circumstances, provided the political will is there. I am particularly pleased to see that the United Kingdom has achieved such a significant increase. I encourage all Member States to intensify their efforts in our last sprint to 2015.”

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Last update: 22/10/2014 |  Top