As the new European Commission takes office on 1 November, this event will explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
The discussion will be based on a report launched recently by the European Think Tanks Group: “Our Collective Interest”, co-authored by 26 researchers from the four members institutions: the German Development Institute/Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Fundacion para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Dialogo Exterior (FRIDE) and ODI. The report makes a strong case for a new development agenda, broader in its outlook and with strong links to internal EU policy.
Speakers will debate such topics as the EU’s comparative advantage and disadvantage in global affairs; future prospects for EU external action; and what initiatives the EU should take in 2015. They will locate the development agenda in a wider context, talk us through the new European Parliament and Commission and the political relationships and set expectations for the future.