Lithuanian Official Development Assistance 2004-2016 (mln. EUR):
In 2016, Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the EU and its Member States (MS) has reached €75.5 billion. This constitutes an 11.0% increase compared to 2015 levels. The EU's assistance has increased for the fourth year in a row and reached its highest level to date. EU collective ODA represented 0.51% of EU Gross National Income (GNI). The EU continues to be the biggest provider of ODA in the world.
Lithuania’s ODA amounted to €52.0 million in 2016 (0.14% of GNI). Multilateral aid amounted to €39.0 million (75.0%) and bilateral aid to €13.0 million (25.0%). The largest share of Lithuania’s ODA, more than €33.86 million, was allocated to pay contributions to the European Development Fund (€5.7 million) and a part of contribution to the EU general budget (€28.16 million), to implement the EU’s external policies. Bilateral aid was given to Eastern Partnership countries and other countries included in the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipient countries and territories.
In 2016, Lithuania allocated €0.93 million as humanitarian aid. Lithuania earmarked €0.61 million of funds for Ukraine. The funds were used to relocate the victims from the unrest areas in Ukraine for the treatment and rehabilitation in Lithuania, to transpose the children affected by the conflict in Eastern Ukraine for the 2015-2016 academic year to Lithuania, to deliver essential medicines to Ukraine. In addition, humanitarian aid to Ukraine was provided for integrated and emergency health and nutrition services for the victims of Ukraine population through the UN World Health Organization, for children’s education on mine risk issues through the UN Children's Fund, for conflict affected populations through the International Committee of the Red Cross. Humanitarian aid was also assigned for Syria and refugees of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, for refugees of Palestine, Mali as well as for refugee crisis in Greece and Bulgaria and for the victims of natural disasters in Ecuador, Fiji, Haiti, FYROM, Malawi and Sri Lanka.
Lithuania joined the EU in 2004 and committed to provide ODA. On May 24, 2005, Conclusions of the European Council foreseen that EU MS which joined the EU after 2004 commit to allocate at least 0.33% of GNI, and countries which joined the EU before 2004 – 0.7% of GNI for ODA. Because only five EU MS have implemented these commitments, on May 26, 2015, the European Council in the Conclusions extended the deadline for reaching commitments until 2030. The commitments are also highlighted in the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030 adopted on September 25, 2015 by the Heads of States.
In 2016, five EU MS provided 0.7% or more of their GNI for the ODA: Luxembourg (1.00%), Sweden (0.94%), Denmark (0.75%), Germany (0.70%, has reached the target for the first time) and the UK (0.70%). Sixteen EU MS increased their ODA in comparison to their GNI, while five EU MS reduced their ODA and seven EU MS remained at the same level as the last year. Lithuania, along with Greece and the Czech Republic (0.14%), share 18-20th place among EU MS and is ahead of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Croatia.
More information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-916_en.htm