ALDA joins CONCORDs efforts to brief newly elected MEPs on global development
The workshop which took place on 5th November in the European Parliament was organised by the EP DEVE Committee and CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development.
CONCORD's work is carried out by its members, working groups and task forces based on their experience. ALDA has been an associate member of CONCORD since 2011, and especially participates in the the Working Group on Enlargement, Pre-Accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN), ALDA's Secretary General, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida currently chairing the group.
EPAN, bringing together over 70 members from across Europe, was represented at the event with a stand and various publications to introduce their work. The group issued an opinion piece on the precarious humanitarian situation in Ukraine, as well as making recommendations addressing the current state of the flood affected areas in Serbia and Bosnia i Herzegovina in cooperation with TRIALOG and the Balkan Civil Society Development Network. Immediate action and support was urged for the affected regions. An overview of the round table discussions with the DG DEVCO on the ENP South Civil Society Facility from last July was also presented at the EPAN stand.
Overall the event was about raising awareness of the sustainable development agenda and gaining the backing of newly elected MEPs. Various CONCORD speakers (Suzann Cornelissen, Co-Chair of the Policy Coherence for Development Group, Sally Nicholson, Co-Chair of the Beyond 2015 European Taskforce, Jean Saldhana, Co-Chair of the Development taskforce, Ad Ooms, Chair of the Private Sector taskforce, Stijn de Lameillieure, Co-Chair of the Funding for Development and Relief Working Group, and Marius Wanders, CONCORD Board member and World Vision International EU Director) addressed the present MEPs and rapporteurs. All, within their respective working areas, made a case of encouraging them to fare a more proactive approach than the previous administration as the world we live in has changed quite significantly in the past few years. There is a great opportunity to widely raise awareness of the issues at stake, especially coming into the European Year of Development 2015. The buzzwords of the day were alliance-building, policy coherence, and a transformative agenda towards a universal approach in terms of sustainable development matters. Ad Ooms and Stijn de Lameillieure stated the importance of a multi stakeholder approach and the concern of civil society groups about the EU funding bodies’ move away from small project granting schemes to larger multinational projects respectively. Present rapporteurs and MEPS included Davor Ivo Stier, Silva Pereira, and Teresa Jiménez Becerril Barrio MEP (Spain). Several MEPs expressed their strong interest to follow up closely.