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Barroso and Bono for an ambitious development budget for 2014-20

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In their meeting, President Barroso and Bono, representing the ONE campaign against poverty, focused on the Commission's proposal for stepping up the external aid in the 2014-20 budget.

"Saving lives and preventing disease are both a human imperative and a smart investment on which responsible governments and international organisations must deliver. I will therefore push for member states to agree the Commission's proposal for a 20% increase in external aid for the next European budget (2014-2020)," said President Barroso in a written statement after the meeting.

Referring also to his recent visit of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, he stressed that "We must do more for these children and refugees all over the world."

They also discussed the proposed legislation on transparency and accountability for the extractive industries that should allow communities in resource-rich areas to know what governments receive for their natural riches.