Politics of the European Union too often have damaging consequences for developing countries. Fair Politics EU wants to give developing countries a fair chance at development. - Fair Politics NOW!




End of an era
Since 2008, Fair Politics has been ranking the efforts of EU politicians for coherency and fair politics. Every time MEPs pay attention to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) with actions, such as parliamentary questions, reports, opinions and their amendments, they were rewarded with points through the Fair Politics monitoring system. The Member of Parliament who earns the most points at the end of the parliamentary year was awarded with the famous ‘Fair Politician of the Year’ Award. - 11-11-2016

Lola Sánchez Caldentey fairest MEP of 2015-2016
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) won the ‘Fair Politician of the Year’ Award 2015-2016. Among the 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Sánchez Caldentey paid the most attention to Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) and put the most effort into enhancing Fair Politics. She focused on themes such as TTIP, tax evasion and corporate social responsibility.  - 08-07-2016

Fairer ACP-EU relations in the future
Norbert Neuser (S&D), member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, wrote a draft report about the ACP-EU relations beyond 2020. In his draft report Neuser pleas for a new agreement which considers a central role for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more human and environmentally friendly Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). - 08-07-2016

EU Emission Trading System should support developing countries
Jordi Sebastià (GREENS/EFA), member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, wrote a draft opinion for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety about the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In his draft opinion he pleas for more attention and available funds from the EU Emission Trading System for developing countries for those countries to adapt to the impact of climate change. - 08-07-2016

116 amendments to improve food security
Linda McAvan (S&D), chair of the Committee on Development, wrote a draft opinion on the next steps towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular the re-quired EU commitment on nutrition and food security. Colleagues tabled 116 amendments to enhance global food security. - 06-07-2016

EU reaches agreement on conflict minerals
On 16 June 2016, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU member states reached a joint agreement on conflict minerals. Companies will now be obliged to check if their purchases of minerals indirectly finances conflicts. The new, binding rules are expected to enter into force within a few months. - 30-06-2016

EU agreement on corporate tax avoidance a meagre result
On 21  June 2016, just within the Dutch EU Presidency, the EU and its member states  agreed on a directive addressing tax avoidance. The directive includes a broad package of measures aiming to combat tax avoidance by multinationals. Though this directive is a milestone in itself, we are still very far away from a fair EU tax system.   - 29-06-2016

EU financing for sustainable development
The European Commission will present a review of the functioning of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) soon. The MFF sets the limits for the annual general budgets of the EU and determines how much in total and how much for different areas of activity the EU could use each year. In 2016, the Commission will present  its fifth multiannual financial plan, leading to many draft opinions within European Parliament Committees, including the Committee on Development (DEVE). Paul Rübig makes two suggestions to make sure development funds are really spend on development objectives. - 29-06-2016

Policy coherence should be cornerstone EU policies
‘Policy Coherence for Development is a topic which is very important, but complex and poorly understood’, starts Cristian Dan Preda, standing rapporteur for PCD, the plenary debate of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 6th of June 2016. During this session, the European Parliament discussed the biannual PCD report of the European Parliament. Many Members of Parliament  supported the report, while MEP Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) and Linda McAvan (S&D) urged to take action and make sure PCD does not remain a piper tiger.  - 29-06-2016

‘EU migration policies should support development policies’
The European Parliament’s Committee on Development calls for more attention for Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in the European Union’s migration policies. A number of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) believe that the EU’s migration policies should not interfere with its development policies, for example regarding safe countries regulations, humanitarian aid and the costs of hosting refugees within the EU. - 28-06-2016

‘EU trade policies should support access to medicines and poverty reduction,’ say MEPs
Member of European Parliament (MEP) Pedro Silva Pereira (S&D) has raised the idea of creating a special fund for developing countries to help them adjust to trade agreements with the EU. Furthermore, trade agreements should contribute to the development of public healthcare and access to medicines, according to several MEPs. The much-debated TTIP agreement should also have positive effects in developing countries. - 28-06-2016

Vacature Fair Politics stagiair(e)s
De Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) wil dat zowel Nederlandse als Europese parlementariërs weten wat de effecten van besluiten op hun beleidsterrein betekenen voor de positie van ontwikkelingslanden. Het doel is dat politici beleidsbeslissingen nemen, waarbij de belangen van ontwikkelingslanden worden meegewogen.  - 08-06-2016

Uitreiking Fair Politician of the Year Award 2015/2016
Het is bijna zover: op donderdag 23 juni 2016 roept Fair Politics de jaarlijkse ‘Fair Politician of the Year’ Award uit! Wij overhandigen de felbegeerde trofee aan het Kamerlid dat zich dit politieke jaar het meest heeft ingezet voor eerlijk beleid dat de belangen van ontwikkelingslanden niet ondermijnt, maar juist ten goede komt.  - 08-06-2016

Six ideas to combat tax evasion and corruption
Elements, such as tax evasion and corruption, are causing huge financial losses for developing countries. A fairer tax system and less corruption is indispensable for the development of developing countries. Several MEPs from the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE) improved Ignazio Corrao's (EFD) draft opinion on combatting corruption and tax evasion. - 08-06-2016

European Parliament: SDG proof?
In September 2015 leaders from all around the world adopted the new Agenda 2030, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The European Commission is currently working on an EU Roadmap about the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda and the European Parliament discussed the follow-up and state of play of the Agenda on the 10th of May in Strasbourg. However, how were the SDGs actually received in the European Parliament? We selected an overview of the most ambitious draft opinions, amendments and reports. - 02-06-2016

Universal SDGs: an universal challenge
‘Development is also about us and not just about the South anymore’, according to Imme Scholtz from the German Development Institute, ‘the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) apply on all of us’. On 2 and 3 May in Paris, the OECD and the World Research Institute (WRI) organized a comprehensive workshop on the implementation of the SDGs throughout OECD countries. In this implementation process, the OECD focused on applying the policy tool of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to achieve the SDGs. - 01-06-2016

SDGs: are we Ready for Change?
According to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen , the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should focus on the ‘poorest of the poor’ and assessments of the impact of all new policy measures on the SDGs should be undertaken. These are but a few of the take-aways of the ‘Ready for Change?’conference, which was held on 19 May 2016 in Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. After the presentation of the ‘Ready for Change?’ publication, the implementation of the goals was discussed by an expert panel. Eight different SDG themes were tackled during the afternoon workshop programme, after which the conference was closed by an interview on the political dimension of the SDGs. - 30-05-2016

Southern experiences and ideas about tax evasion
On the occasion of the Oxfam Novib Even it Up campaign, three activists for fair taxes from Zambia, Nigeria and Brazil called in at Amsterdam on the 20th of April 2016 to share their thoughts and experiences on tax evasion and its impact on their countries.  - 30-05-2016

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Sustainable development goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an intergovernmental set of aspiration with 17 goals with 169 targets.In September 2015 leaders from all around the world adopted the goals. This agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It aims to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty by 2030. - 30-05-2016

Ready for Change? publication presented to Christiaan Rebergen
On the 19 May 2016, the first official copy of the 'Ready for Change? Global Goals at home and abroad’  publication was presented to Christiaan Rebergen, Director-General International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by Partos Executive Director Bart Romijn. The presentation took place at the international 'Ready for Change?' conference in Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. In response to the report, Rebergen held a speech on the importance of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both in the Netherlands and abroad. - 23-05-2016

Human rights are not a matter of charity
‘Avoiding violations of human rights is not a matter of charity or something to be done on a voluntary basis’ states Ignazio Corrao, Member of the European Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), within his draft report on corporate liability for human rights abuses in third countries. Human rights are agreed to be at the core of development, however corporations under EU jurisdiction still violate human rights worldwide and therefore Corrao calls on EU Member States to step up its efforts to protect human rights. - 23-05-2016

More coherence within the UN to ensure sustainable development
In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly will gather for its  71st session. Because of its enhanced observer status, the EU can submit proposals and amendments to the UN General Assembly. Hence, the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE) made recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) about the role of the UN to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  - 28-04-2016

EU response to the Panama Papers
The Panama Papers, millions of leaked confidential documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama, identify many multinationals, politicians and celebrities who are involved in the web of suspicious financial transactions. These shocking revelations encouraged the debate on tax avoidance within the  European Commission and the European Parliament.  - 26-04-2016

Align trade agreements with Global Goals, say MEPs Caldentey and Zahradil
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL) and Jan Zahradil (ECR) call on the European Commission to align EU trade instruments with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Interestingly, these proposals were done on behalf of both the Committee on Development and the Committee on International Trade. The MEPs also call for more action on affordable medicines. - 22-04-2016

Sustainable trade agreements: time for legally binding mechanisms
Member of the European Parliament Tiziana Beghin (EFD) sees sustainability as a core element of the EU’s future trade strategy. Beghin calls for legally binding sustainable development chapters in all EU trade and investment agreements, which should also be enforceable. - 12-04-2016

PCD expert Evert-Jan Brouwer: 2030 Agenda an opportunity for PCD
More than 200 amendments from various European Parliamentary Committees focus on enhancing Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), therefore we interviewed Evert-Jan Brouwer, expert on Policy Coherence for Development at EU level, about the current state of play regarding fair policies towards developing countries. Evert-Jan Brouwer is member of the Steering Committee for Sustainable Development and Policy Coherence of CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, and political advisor of the Dutch NGO Woord en Daad.  - 06-04-2016

Stop tax avoidance of natural monopolies
Members of European Parliament Liisa Jaakonsaari and Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (both from S&D) asked the European Commission how they aim to address tax avoidance by natural monopolies. - 05-04-2016

European politicians call for fair trade clauses in trade agreements
Elena Gentile, Flavio Zanonato and Brando Benifei (all S&D) call for the mandatory inclusion of Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) clauses in all trade agreements the EU will sign from now on. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have done this proposal in the parliament’s discussion on environmental standards, human rights and CSR in trade agreements. - 04-04-2016

European Parliament insists on more fair policies
A large number of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has called on the European Commission to take action on fair tax systems, trade agreements and mineral sourcing. In addition to this, MEP Seb Dance (S&D) highlights the importance of Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) in the process of establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for asylum seekers. - 04-04-2016