What the Commission is doing

The European Consensus on Development commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a fairer and more stable world.

Based on the 2011 Agenda for Change, EU assistance is concentrated in 2 overall priority areas:

  • human rights, democracy and other aspects of good governance
  • inclusive and sustainable growth, to help create growth in developing countries – so poor people have the means to lift themselves out of poverty
  • play a key role in the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • promote democracy, the rule of law, and the respect of human rights in developing countries
  • ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental progress in developing countries
  • make development aid from different European countries more effective by deepening the cooperation between national governments
  • launch negotiations on a revised Cotonou agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries