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Investing in people
Within the financial perspectives 2007-2013, this Commission Communication describes the new thematic programme for external aid, "Investing in people". As well as outlining recent developments in human and social development, the Communication also sets out the different areas and methods of intervention under the programme.
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament of 25 January 2006, "Investing in people" [COM(2006) 18 - not published in the Official Journal].
The current legislative framework governing external action has to be simplified. To this end, within the financial perspectives 2007-2013, the Commission is proposing six new instruments to meet two main objectives:
These instruments are to provide the legal basis for Community expenditure in support of external cooperation programmes and replace the existing thematic regulations.
Forming part of this new external assistance architecture, the new thematic programme "Investing in people" provides a number of advantages:
Social and human development: recent developments
In addition to the wealth of experience built up at national and international level, several assessments and evaluations have been carried out recently in the following areas:
The Commission's analysis highlighted the need for a holistic and coherent thematic approach to human and social development, which must back up the various national initiatives. The programme "Investing in people" could pave the way for the development of European-level strategies that would respond effectively to the new priorities for health, education, social policy and culture in the field of human and social development.
The thematic programme
The focus of the thematic programme is on six different areas of action: health, knowledge and skills, culture, employment and social cohesion, gender equality, youth and children.
In order to ensure access to health care for all, the programme sets out to:
In the field of access to knowledge and skills, the measures taken to support national programmes consist mainly in:
In the field of culture, the new thematic programme should make for:
To reduce socio-economic inequalities, the new thematic programme will focus on social cohesion and employment, and will do this in three different ways, by:
A fundamental human right, gender equality is already the subject of country action, which the new thematic programme will complement by:
Finally, the thematic programme will place the interests of young people and children at the centre of European action, by:
Human and social development is part of the "European Consensus" on development policy. This statement is the cornerstone of the Union's international commitments as set out in the Millennium Declaration, at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, the World Summit for Social Development, the Beijing Platform for Action on gender equality and the September 2005 UN Summit.
Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on "External Actions through Thematic Programmes under the Future Financial Perspectives 2007 - 2013" [COM(2005) 324 final - not published in the Official Journal]
Last updated: 02.06.2006