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by Aurore Chardonnet Sustainable development is about so much more than development aid: rich countries, development countries, civil society and the private sector need to work together to enable people and their governments to fight inequality and poverty. One key issue is tax justice: companies must pay their fair share, and governments must be in… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

2017 begins under a busy schedule for the newly appointed Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union. For the next six months, the smallest member of the European Union, in the heart of the Mediterranean, is undertaking an ambitious leadership for the first time. Maritime affairs, with its potential for growth, competitiveness and… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

By Nur Mohamed Sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace, stability and good governance. Recognising this crucial fact in its new proposed development framework, the European Commission pledges to foster human rights, security and conflict prevention in fragile countries. However, the EU’s current approach to migration shows an alarming twisting of development efforts to accommodate… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

by Hanna Saarinen Agriculture plays a vital role in the development of societies and economies – but it has been neglected and underfunded for a long time. This has been changing lately: governments are increasingly turning to private sector companies to generate investment. Following this line, the European Commission’s proposal for a new European Consensus… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Lasse Gustavsson is the Executive Director of Oceana in Europe, the world’s largest international advocacy organisation focused solely on marine conservation.   For the first time ever, we know the full potential of fish recovery in Europe and it’s good news! If we fully implement the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and manage stocks sustainably, fish… » read more

  Posted by Oceana Europe

Guest blog post by Pierre Baussand, Director of Social Platform, the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice. The European Commission is considering whether to revise the EU Facilitation Directive, which allows Member States to criminalise organisations and individuals for offering humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees. The decision presents a test on the… » read more

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by Hilary Jeune Public services like health and education are one of the strongest weapons in the fight against inequality. They benefit everyone in society, but the poorest most of all. This is being recognised by the European Commission in its proposal for a new framework for EU development policy, which puts an emphasis on… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Reuters image The end of hate-filled, totalitarian “liberalism” began with Netanyahu, spread to the US, and will continue to Europe During the March 2015 election campaign in Israel, the polls predicted a dead heat between the right leaning Likud and the left leaning Zionist Union. Likud won by a wide margin. During the June 2016… » read more

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by Hilary Jeune Last year, the world has agreed on a massive plan to achieve sustainable development by 2030, and the EU is currently discussing its implementation, starting today with European development ministers meeting in Brussels. One element in the EU strategy: the new External Investment Plan. The idea behind this is to use public… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

By Natalia Alonso This week, the European Commission has presented its vision for the future of the EU’s development policies. The proposed new framework is a good piece of work, which now has to be translated into reality. The proposal ticks nearly every single box civil society organisations could imagine – but there is still… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Less than a year ago, 197 countries came together for the first time to deliver a universal climate Paris Agreement. And with it, a promise to work together to limit global temperature rise to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Today, that agreement becomes the law of the planet — entered into force almost… » read more

  Posted by WWF Climate & Energy Blog

Do you read me Brussels?

Guest blog post by Laura Sullivan, Vice-President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs and Regional Director for Europe and the Americas of ActionAid International. If one thing is clear from Friends of Europe’s annual ‘State of the EU’ event, it is this: Europe’s leaders need to decide whether to hang out with the… » read more

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By Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director for Advocacy and Campaigns The European Union is set to review its entire framework for development cooperation. This will define not only the development policy of the EU and its member states, but also how to ensure that all policies respect the EU’s international commitments. Today, the European Parliament is… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

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