The EU and the Netherlands discuss future development cooperation


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This press release is also available in Dutch.

The future of European development policy
Debate with European Commissioner Neven Mimica

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

The EU institutions are investing more than €50 billion in development cooperation between 2014 and 2020. What is this money used for, and what do Dutch professionals in the area of development cooperation think about this? On 28 October, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica will discuss these – and more – questions with representatives of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NGOs, universities, think tanks and the private sector.

The debate, led by former member of the European Parliament Kathalijne Buitenweg, will address the revision of the ‘European Consensus on Development’, the policy document setting the course for development cooperation in the European Commission and EU member states. Kathalijne Buitenweg will also ask panelists and participants about the role of the Netherlands – and specifically the role of the Dutch private sector – in European development cooperation. Finally, panelists and participants will discuss how Europe can best contribute to achieving the 17 global ‘Sustainable Development Goals’.

Debate panelists include 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), 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)) and Gaspar Frontini (Head of Unit for Policy and Coherence at the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development).

The public event is organised by ECDPM, in cooperation with the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG). The debate will be in English.

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Notes to the editors

The debate can be followed via livestream (the link will be published in due course on ECDPM’s Twitter account, @ecdpm) and on Twitter (#MimicaDebateNL). For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Nina Thijssen from the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) via / 0031 (0)43-3502930.

The organisers are expecting a full house, so registration in advance is recommended (please contact Nina Thijssen). Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the debate, in order to allow enough time for registration at the Ministry. A passport or identity card is required for registration.

European external affairsEU Development Policy and PracticeEuropean Commission (EC)European Union (EU)The Netherlands