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Slovakia falls behind on its commitment in foreign aid

Slovakia is at the tail end among the 12 member states that joined the EU in 2004 and afterwards in providing international development aid, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia is at the tail end among the 12 member states that joined the EU in 2004 and afterwards in providing international development aid, the SITA newswire reported.

In 2010, Slovakia failed to fulfil its international commitment in foreign aid, when instead of the planned 0.17 percent, it allocated only 0.085 percent of its gross national income to official development assistance, SITA wrote based on an evaluation report prepared by the Platform of Non-Governmental Development Organisations comprised of 31 Slovak non-governmental organisations involved in providing development and humanitarian assistance abroad.

Last year, the EU15 pledged to spend a total of 0.56 percent of their gross national income on development aid. The 12 new members, including Slovakia, were to spend 0.17 percent of the gross national income on development aid.

Slovakia provided €55.8 million last year (0.085 percent of gross national income; a year earlier it was €54 million and in 2008 it was €65 million.

With the exception of Cyprus, no other post-1994 EU member fulfilled its pledge last year. Only Poland, Romania and Latvia spent less than Slovakia on foreign aid.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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