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European Year for Development 2015: Main events coming up




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20150107PHT05002_originalThe EU has dedicated 2015 to development co-operation and aid to highlight the importance of international development and the key role played by the EU and its member states. The Parliament will be closely involved with the events that will include the European Development Days, thematic hearings organised by the EP's development committee and the World EXPO in Milan.

"The European Year for Development 2015 is an important chance to engage citizens in the work of the EU institutions in development policy," said development committee chairwoman Linda McAvan, a UK member of the S&D group, in an interview published on the European Parliament's web site in December 2014.

Events and activities

  • Official opening event in Riga, Latvia, on 9 January.
  • The whole year is divided into thematic months. It starts in January with Europe in the World and concludes in December with Human Rights.
  • The development committee will organize hearings on subjects such as "the future of development finance" on 23  February and its members will also participate in events in the member states and outside the EU.
  • World EXPO 2015 'Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life' starts in Milan at the beginning of May. The European Parliament will be present.
  • European Development Days, a high-level forum on development and international co-operation, will take place in Brussels on 3-4 June. It is considered to be one of the most important events of the European Year for Development, focusing on how member states and people can help to eradicate poverty and defend human rights worldwide.
  • Official closing event in Luxembourg on 8 December.

The Parliament's website will follow the events, providing detailed schedules and coverage throughout the year.

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Kazakh president sets out five priorities for #Kazakhstan’s 'Third Stage of Modernization' 




In his annual address to the nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced five main priorities as part of what he described as “Kazakhstan’s third stage of modernization”. The priorities are aimed at ensuring economic growth and supporting the country to become one of the top 30 most developed countries in the world by 2050.

The five priorities are: Acceleration of technological modernization of the economy, improved business environment, macroeconomic stability, improved quality of human capital and institutional reforms, including improved security and more action to tackle corruption.


President Nazarbayev said in his annual address: “I am setting the task of ensuring the implementation of the Third Modernisation of Kazakhstan. It is necessary to create a new model of economic growth that will ensure the country's global competitiveness.”

He added: “This modernization is not a plan to combat current global challenges, but a reliable bridge to the future, to meet the objectives of Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy. It will be carried out on the basis of the 100 Concrete Steps Plan of the Nation.”

The Head of State also instructed the Government to developa package of measures for the technological re-equipment of basic industries by 2025.


The annual address followed a special announcement given by the President last week, in which he set out bold plansto increase the powers of parliament. President Nazarbayev stated that these constitutional reforms are aimed at furthering the democratic development of Kazakhstan, as the Government will be accountable to parliament.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev has proposed a constitutional reform aimed at furthering the democratic development of Kazakhstan. During a special televised address to the nation on 25 January, the President announced a number of functions that would be transferred either to the Government or Parliament. Public discussions on the proposed constitutional reforms will take place for the next month, concluding on 26 February. After this, the reforms will be presented to Parliament.