(Brussels, 10/09/2014) The European Commission for 2014-2019 is set to have Neven Mimica as Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, with the outgoing Commissioner for consumer policy receiving a formal nomination from Jean Claude Juncker today.

 

Commenting on behalf CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, representing over 1,800 NGOs to the EU institutions, was Sabine Terlecki, Head of Policy and Advocacy:

“The future Development Commissioner has a big responsibility to make sure that development does not become second best to foreign policy interests. It will be crucial therefore that the new Development and Humanitarian Commissioners will work closely together with the new High Representative. There’s a great opportunity to improve coherence and coordination between the different institutions and directorates in the new Commission.”

“We also hope that Mr Mimica will champion civil society organisations’ role and continue the structured and political dialogue the Commission has had until now.

“We want to see the new Commissioner to play a leading role in making the EU an influential player in the formulation of a universal and sustainable post-2015 framework.”

Commissioner-designate Mimica would replace outing Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs from 1 November 2014.

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Notes to editors

1. The EU remains the world’s largest aid donor and a leading player in international development, giving €53,643 billion in official development assistance in 2013.

2. Background information on Commissioner-designate Mimica: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/mimica/background/index_en.htm

3. What is CONCORD? CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development. Its 28 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate member represent 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe.

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