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Reconciling EU Interests and Values: A New Vision for Global Development

10 September 2014 12:00 pm
10 September 2014 2:00 pm

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As the process of appointing a new EU leadership team gets underway, now is the time for new and sustained initiatives on longer-term challenges which will shape both European and global welfare in the years to come.

In a rapidly changing and interdependent world, Europe’s new leaders need to adopt a global perspective in European policy-making, a new understanding of the EU’s global role, and in particular, a new approach to international development. Do Europe’s new leaders recognise the need for a new global strategy that links internal and external action? How can Europe’s policymakers ensure there will be a greater commitment to collective action at EU level? Is there a readiness to connect new ways of working with new systems and processes? Does the European Think Tank Group’s 2014 report “Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problem need global solutions and global problems need European action” offer the sort of answers needed?

These questions will be discussed at the event ‘Reconciling EU Interests and Values: A New Vision for Global Development’, organised by Friends of Europe and the European Think Tanks Group. The event will take place in Brussels on the 10th of September. If you can’t make it then, tune into the livestream.

Speakers include:

  • Stephan Auer, Director for Multilateral Relations and Global Issues, European External Action Service (EEAS)
  • Elmar Brok MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, European Commission Director General for  Development and Cooperation
  • Teshome Toga Chanaka*, Ambassador of the Mission of Ethiopia to the EU
  • Simon Maxwell, European Think Tanks Group
  • Linda McAvan MEPChair of the European Parliament Committee on Development
  • Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador for Trade and Development and Head of the Ministry’s Task Force for the Global Partnership for Effective Development, the Netherlands

*to be confirmed

Read the event report here

The European Think Tanks Group brings together four leading European Think Tanks: the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Friends of Europe is a membership-driven think tank but is pleased to offer non-members invitations to sample up to two Friends of Europe events free of charge. Thereafter, Friends of Europe reserves the right to request membership for further attendance. If your organisation is not yet a member of Friends of Europe, click here to find out all the different membership information and advantages.


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Watch the event here


Reconciling Values and Interests: A new vision for global development (HD)