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This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. It is a reflection and analysis of the evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, businesspeople, Members of Parliament and other interested parties, either in writing or orally, as well as a literature review of relevant material. Where appropriate, the report sets out the current position agreed within the Coalition Government for handling this policy area in the EU. It does not predetermine or prejudge proposals that either Coalition party may make in the future for changes to the EU or about the appropriate balance of competences.
The Foreign Secretary launched the balance of competences review in Parliament on 12 July 2012. This follows the government’s commitment to examine the balance of competences (powers) between the UK and the European Union. The review will provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.
See this detailed guide for full details of the review programme.
The Department for International Development (DFID) led on the report on development cooperation and humanitarian aid in the first semester of the review.