EU's aid budget facing cuts despite evidence it will pay for itself by 2020

From Aid | The Guardian Tue Nov 20 2012, 02:00:07

Campaigners warn reducing European development fund by 11% would leave world's poorest 'paying the highest price'

The EU's aid programmes for some of the world's poorest countries face steep cuts ahead of a crunch EU budget summit starting on Thursday.

With Britain among those calling for cuts, not just a freeze, in the EU's 2014-20 €1 trillion budget, campaigners fear the organisation's aid budget will take a disproportionate hit.

The president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy, last week proposed cutting the European development fund (EDF), which mainly targets sub-Saharan Africa, by 11% compared with figures put forward by the European commission.

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