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Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL7917, tabled on 15 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to continue to contribute to EU overseas aid projects in order to meet their spending commitments on overseas development aid.

Answered on

21 May 2018

We believe it makes sense for the UK and EU, as leading global donors, to continue working together to alleviate poverty and to tackle shared global challenges. The UK is open to pooling resources with the EU, either through EU instruments or a bespoke mechanism, drawing on collective expertise to tackle specific global challenges and improve our combined impact. We have identified some specific thematic areas where we think a UK-EU strategic partnership would be in our mutual interest, such as humanitarian aid, migration and peace and security. In return for any UK participation (or funds) we would expect that the UK have an appropriate governance role at the strategic and operational level, and eligibility for UK entities to implement relevant programmes.

It is also important to remember that the vast majority of the UK Development work is not done via the EU. We remain committed to spending 0.7% of GNI on development by working through other multilateral and bilateral delivery channels, and achieving the Global Goals by 2030. Post EU Exit we will be able to better target UK aid to the poorest people in the world and in the best interest of UK taxpayers; and improve on the EU’s trade offer for developing countries