‘The [EU] institutions need to change’, said the Centre for Global Development’s Owen Barder in an interview with ECDPM at the European Development Days in Brussels.
There is a feeling that Europe has so much to offer, due to being in a ‘remarkable position’, as Barder puts it, of States that have come together voluntarily, to share that experience to shape policy in developing countries. This is the so-called added-value of the EU. He said that despite this strong position, Europe must be respectful of other nations’ different starting points. It should change its own institutions to make sure that they are equipped to bring this experience and expertise to the wider world.