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EU leaders are sticking to the EU-Turkey deal, no matter what this means for the people in need, Oxfam said in reaction to discussions of EU leaders meeting in Brussels today.
Thousands of people are at risk this winter as the EU-Turkey deal keeps migrants, including refugees, stuck in dangerous and degrading conditions in Greece, a coalition of more than 20 humanitarian agencies and human rights organisations warned on Wednesday. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss migration need to take urgent action to improve the situation on the ground and save lives.
Today the European Commission published its progress reports on the EU-Turkey Statement and the EU's relocation and resettlement schemes. The documents signal the bloc is determined to keep vulnerable people away from its borders, while still failing to improve conditions for those who are living in sites.
The European Commission has today presented a good proposal for a new framework for the EU’s development policy. The EU institutions and member states must now make sure they translate these fine words into concrete action, says Oxfam.
The budget deal struck by EU governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission promises more funds for the EU’s external action, but diverts money from those most in need, warn development and humanitarian organizations.
In a co-signed letter to the European Parliament, 27 NGOs – including Oxfam - have expressed concerns at the recently signed EU-Afghanistan deal.
Development NGOs Oxfam, ONE and Plan international welcomed a European Parliament vote to reject proposed cuts and to increase of the EU's external spending, supporting for the fight to end extreme poverty.
Oxfam has displayed hundreds of migrants life jackets this week in four European cities to call on the EU to radically change their course on migration.
In an joint statement Oxfam and 10 other NGOs are cautioning against a strong shift of Europe's development programming towards migration management.
The European Union is set to review its entire framework for development cooperation. This position paper sets out Oxfam's vision on the red lines that an improved policy should uphold.