EYD Key Facts

Objectives of the European Year for Development

1. Inform Union citizens about EU development cooperation highlighting the results that the Union, acting together with the Member States, has achieved as a global actor and will continue to pursue with the post-2015 framework.

2. Foster direct involvement, critical thinking and active interest of Union citizens and stakeholders in development cooperation. 

3. Raise awareness of the mutual benefits of EU development cooperation, achieve a broader understanding of policy coherence for development and foster a sense of joint responsibility, solidarity and opportunity in an increasingly interdependent world.

Why EYD 2015?
2015 is a special year as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their deadline and the negotiations for the post-2015 framework will take place. As the first ever European Year dealing with the ‘external action’ of the EU, EYD2015 will provide an unparalleled opportunity to engage with EU citizens and to showcase our commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide.

Legal Basis

Decision  No 472/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on the European Year for Development 2015 


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