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Development and cooperation
More than half of all money spent on helping poor countries comes from the EU and its member countries, making it the world's biggest aid donor.
But development policy is about more than just providing clean water and decent roads, important though these are. The EU also uses trade to drive development by opening its markets to exports from poor countries and encouraging them to trade more with each other.
Investing in our common future
In 2011, EU development aid – aid from EU funds and from EU countries' national budgets combined - totalled €53 billion.
That amounts to 0.42% of gross national income (GNI) for all EU countries combined, making the EU the world's most generous aid donor. But a joint effort is still needed to reach the target set by the European Council – 0.7% GNI by 2015.
Eradicating poverty for the new millennium
The primary objective of EU development policy is to eradicate poverty using a sustainable approach. Adopted by world leaders in 2000 with a 2015 deadline, the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are key to this.
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