Media Statement made by CONCORD in reaction to the Cypriot Presidency’s proposed EU budget cuts for development, 31 October 2012.

(Brussels, 31/10/2012) CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, is disappointed by the proposed EU budget cuts to external spending put forward by the Cyprus Presidency of the EU this week.

For Olivier Consolo, Concord Director:

“Cutting the EU’s lifeline to developing countries is a mistake. We’re seeing external spending, including development aid, being used as a bargaining chip by EU member states in the budget negotiations, with large cuts of up to €7.3 billion being proposed. This would be a disproportionate cut compared to the rest of the EU budget, and goes against the more positive proposals put forward by the European Commission and the European Parliament, which both rejected the Cyprus Presidency’s proposal yesterday. The negotiations for the EU’s 2013 budget seem to go along the same unfortunate line. We urge EU member states to keep their aid promises to poor countries.”

ENDS

Media contact ; CONCORD Communications Officer Daniel Puglisi,
Daniel.puglisi@concordeurope.org Tel. 32 (0) 2 743 87 77