In 2013, EU development aid, from national budgets and European funds, totalled EUR 56.2 billion.
Member States had promised to spend 0.7% of GNI on development aid by 2015 with a view, first and foremost, to eradicating poverty in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and to promoting social and economic development.
The majority of Member States are still a long way from meeting that target and the shortfall in development aid is in the billions of euros.
However, in the current context of the huge number of migrants coming to Europe, development aid is critical to stabilising and developing those countries. Aid spending could also improve the image of the EU abroad, thus boosting its soft-power.
Given that it was promised to States in need, how will the Commission encourage Member States to make up the shortfall in development aid?