The European Union today won the Nobel Peace Prize for its role promoting reconciliation and peace in Europe.
The prize committee said it was awarded for "the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”Hussaini Abdu, ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria, said the Nobel prize was well deserved, but pointed out that EU policies on energy, trade and agriculture were still undermining the rights of some of the poorest people in the world.
“Providing peace and stability is a massive achievement and one that cannot be valued enough. The existence of the EU has given millions of people the chance to be spared the experience of the terrors of war, which is still all too common in other parts of the world today.
However in accepting this award, the EU needs to stop and reflect about how it can better promote its core values - of human rights and equality - both in Europe and beyond.
EU policies on energy, trade and agriculture are still undermining the rights of people in some of the poorest countries in the world. Next week the EU will announce a proposal to reduce its biofuels targets to reduce its impact on global hunger: this is a good sign, but only the first step.”
We’ve seen how EU aid can work in tackling poverty - when it is well spent and targeted to support people in achieving their rights to food, land, education and health. They must put rights and people back at the centre of EU policy-making.”