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The future of European development policy – Public debate with Neven Mimica

28 October 2016 10:00 am
28 October 2016 12:00 pm

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On 28 October, ECDPM and the European Think Tanks Group hosted a public debate in The Hague with Neven Mimica.

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development spelled out his plans for EU development policy and asked representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGOs, universities, think tanks and the private sector how they see the future of European development cooperation.

The debate, led by former member of the European Parliament Kathalijne Buitenweg, addressed the revision of the European Consensus for Development of 2005, the policy document setting the course for development cooperation in the European Commission and EU member states. Kathalijne Buitenweg also asked panelists and participants about the role of the Netherlands – and specifically the role of the Dutch private sector – in European development cooperation.

Debate panelists included Daniëlle Hirsch (Director of Both ENDS), Mirjam van Reisen (Professor in International Relations, Innovation and Care at Tilburg University and member of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV)), Aart Jan de Geus (former Dutch minister and chairman of the board of the Bertelsmann Foundation), Christiaan Rebergen (Director General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Giovanni Mastrogiacomo (Policy Coordinator, Policy and Coherence Unit at the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development).

Event coverage

Did you miss the debate? Watch the video or check out the photos and tweets here.



Debate on future European development policy


Registration (closed)

Registration has closed, as we’ve reached the maximum number of participants. However, you can still follow the debate live through our livestream on Youtube or on Twitter via #MimicaDebateNL.

Place and time

Friday 28 October 2016, 10:00 – 12:00*
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, 2594 AC The Hague

*Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the debate, in order to allow enough time for registration. Coffee will be served at 09:30. Please bring your passport or identity card for registration at the Ministry.

More information

The debate will be in English. If you have any questions or would like to receive more information on the event, please contact Tilly Bogataj-De Coninck from ECDPM. For media enquiries, please contact Nina Thijssen from ECDPM.

Photo courtesy of the European Parliament via Flickr.


The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bezuidenhoutseweg 67
2594 AC
The Hague
The Netherlands

EU foreign and development policyEuropean Commission (EC)European Parliament (EP)European Think Tanks Group (ETTG)The Netherlands