Press Release – Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development: Towards More Effective Aid
03.09.2012, 18:23 (CET)
The Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, represented the Presidency today at the Public Hearing of the Committee on Development at the European Parliament, in Brussels. The Public Hearing was dedicated to the concept of Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD), which has been figuring on the international agenda for decades and its basic idea is to link the short – term relief measures with long-term development programmes, in order to provide more sustainable response to crisis situations.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Members of the Committee, Ms Michèle Striffler and Mr. Thijs Berman, Rapporteurs for Humanitarian Affairs of the Committee on Development and on the financing instrument for development cooperation 2014 – 2020, respectively.

The hearing started with the keynote speeches of the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva and Mr. Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development. A fruitful discussion was developed on the two main topics of the hearing, the lessons learned from recent crises and the strengthening of LRRD in EU aid programming, financing and the new Multiannual Financial Framework. There were also concluding remarks on the challenges for LRRD in the future.

According to the Deputy Minister for European Affairs, and as it is underlined in the recent study of the Directorate-General for External Policies on ‘Strengthening LRRD in the EU’s financing instrument’, the main challenges with LRRD are “foremost linked to the operational and implementing stages of the aid, to the decentralisation of decision-making, use of flexible procedures and to the organisational set-up”. In this context, Ambassador Mavroyiannis continued “we have to improve the way we use our aid programming, implementation and management, as well as our financial and implementing procedures”.

Ambassador Mavroyiannis further elaborated on the efforts of the Council during the Cyprus Presidency and concluded focusing on the importance of cooperation with the European Parliament, so as to agree on future instruments which will be “more appropriate and responsive to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in this world”. He specifically stated that it is paramount to find the way to ensure that LRRD is mentioned in the policy framework that will guide the use of the future Development Cooperation Instrument. The Deputy Minister also added that the bridge between the humanitarian and development funding for LLRD should be strengthened and countries, which are most at need - including countries in crisis, post crisis or fragile countries - should be prioritised in the resource allocation within the Development Cooperation Instrument. “By definition, relief and rehabilitation action requires flexibility in order to be timely and effective” Ambassador Mavroyiannis concluded.

At the same time, Ambassador Mavroyiannis referred to the importance of resilience, he described the situation as very topical with the framework of negotiations for the next MFF and he stated that it is appropriate to link to preparedness and osmosis through appropriate Disaster Risk Reduction, infrastructure, procedure training and planning. Finally, Mavroyiannis mentioned that LLRD is encapsulate the need for holistic approach and claimed that this is consistent with “our message as Presidency to try to do things better to have a European Union more relevant not only to its citizens but also in the world”.


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