2009 is a crucial year for Europe, with the EU facing major change and choices:
- a new European Parliament, which will be involved in shaping more and more policies;
- the appointment of a new European Commission;
- the potential ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in October; and
- the review of the EU budget.
The European Development Cooperation Support Programme has been established to support the debate on EU institutional and policy change by building an infrastructure of knowledge, contacts and information on EU development cooperation. It aims to:
- construct a community of 'EU change-makers';
- support the conversation on development cooperation, its structure and its relation to the wider arena of EU external action; and
- take the agenda forward through policy analysis and by promoting the sharing and practical use of knowledge and information.
The role of aid to middle-income countries: a contribution to evolving European Union (EU) development policy
The purpose of this series of closed events is to allow prominent researchers and policy advisors more time to think through and discuss what are considered to be some of the key questions and themes surrounding budget support today.
The European Think Tanks Group has written an open letter to Barroso, Ashton and Piebalgs, outlining the main challenges to development being able to play its essential role in shaping more coherent EU global action.
What can the world expect of Europe in 2010? An inward-looking assemblage of nation states, focused on domestic problems rather than the international stage? Or an outward-facing and united community, working globally for the common good? National politics...
Decisions made over the next three months will shape Europe's future international role. This article outlines six conditions that must be met if these decisions are to fulfil their progressive potential.
Europe is important for development, but the EU is battling against charges of irrelevance and strategic confusion.
How do we maximise the impact of EU development cooperation and how can it respond to the challenges and opportunities of a global financial crisis that threatens to put 50 million people back into extreme poverty by the end of the year?