2015 was named the European Year for Development. The EU and its Member States are the most generous donors of development aid. About 150 countries gain from it. 80% of Europeans think that this policy is important.

MEP Charles Goerens assesses progress halfway through this European year. "It's positive given that with this policy we're trying to convey our values of tolerance, our values of assisting people in danger and also our sharing of responsabilities. We are facing modernisation which creates inequalities everywhere, in our countries and in the rest of the world and it's  quite gratifying to see that the European Union is facing to both of those."