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SEECEL in Croatian Parliament

Zagreb, 13 February 2015 - First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica presented on 13 February at the Croatian parliament the European Year for Development 2015 and Croatia’s development aid.

This year is the first European year dedicated to European development aid outside EU borders as a global challenge. This is the unique opportunity for all European development organizations to present European commitment to exterminate poverty in the world and to motivate EU citizens to participate in the development aid activities.

This year international community is finalising the new framework for extermination of poverty and sustainable development following the Millennium Goals from 2000. The main goal is to present European citizens through European Year for Development, what is the meaning and long term impact of the Development Aid for those parts in the world which need it the most.

European Union and her member states is the biggest development aid world donor for undeveloped and post conflict countries. In 2013 the value of the Development Aid was 56,5 bil. € from the member states and 14,86 bil. € or 9 % of the EU budget.

In other words, it means that it costs each European citizen only 8 cents per day. From 2014 to 2020 around 75 % of the Development Aid is targeting countries destroyed by natural disasters and war, causing difficult life conditions for their population.

SEECEL is one of the European development organizations since 2013. On the parliament round table SEECEL director Ms Efka Heder presented the impact of SEECEL activities as well as the future planned activities through European Development Aid. During her presentation, the main focus was on the added value of SEEECEL´s activities to the European development aid.
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