The director of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Aina Calvo, regretted yesterday the rejection of the General State Budget (PGE) in the Congress at a time when cooperation needed “urgently more resources “to meet its objectives for the 2030 Agenda.
“Taking into account the situation from which we started, we would have urgently needed more resources, specifically a larger budget”, to “build a humanitarian action up to the capacity we want Spain to have”, Calvo warned during his appearance in the Commission of International Cooperation for Development of the Congress.
“Our budget proposal was not the desirable but the possible, we are fully aware of it, but marked a change in trend after years of decline of the budget allocation to the Agency to a situation of minimum”, she continued.
For that reason, she affirmed, “the increase was of justice, especially after the effort made by the AECID in the second half of 2018 to fulfill to the maximum the budget approved by the previous Government, which has led, for the first time in many years, 93.7% of budget execution has been achieved”.
“The majority of the MPs did not approve of the General Budgets of the State, and I will not hide from them that this is a great missed opportunity”, lamented Aina Calvo, who assured that “this Government continues to have a clear vision of what should be the cooperation” and maintains “the ironclad commitment” to recover for Spanish cooperation “the dignity and power that should never have been lost”.
Throughout her speech, the director of the AECID explained the main lines of work of the Agency, marked by its commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the effort to turn Spanish cooperation into “an authentic policy policy to accelerate Spain’s contribution to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda in the global sphere, through a State policy built from dialogue and consensus”.
According to Calvo, the main objectives of his department are the fight against poverty, the improvement of living conditions of populations, the strengthening of public administrations at the service of citizens and support for sustainable and inclusive development and “societies fair and respectful with its diversity”. Other priorities of the AECID, she added, are the right to potable water and sanitation, the commitment to “the empowerment and participation of women”, the culture for development (an area in which the Agency has become a “reference within the European Union”) and education.