FEBRUARY 2014

  • The press across Europe has been covering the evolution of the situation in Ukraine very closely over the past week. Here are some of the latest updates:
    ‘Ukrainian leadership vote called for European election day’ – Ukraine’s interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for EU integration now that Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted and new elections are called for 25 May, the same day as EU citizens will vote in the European elections. Meanwhile the United States warned Russia against sending in military forces – Euractiv
    ‘Western Ukrainians debunk fears of national split’ – Time and again, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the Maidan will cause a civil war that will break the country in two. Yanukovych, who is believed to be hiding in eastern Ukraine, said again on Saturday: “I will do everything to protect my country from breakup, to stop bloodshed.”  The warnings are taken seriously by EU countries. The scenario of Ukrainian partition conjures up memories of the Balkan wars in the 1990s – EUobserver
  • ‘EU paves way for resuming direct aid to Zimbabwe’ – The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and political figures on Monday (17 February) and is expected to pave the way for the EU to resume channelling development aid directly to the Zimbabwe government as of 2015 – Euractiv
  •  ‘Weakened centre parties threatened by upsurge in support for Euroscepticism’ – Forecast of 2014-19 European Parliament puts centre-left narrowly ahead according to a Europe-wide forecast of the results of the European Parliament elections (a dedicated website has been set up which will regularly update these forecasts taking into account national polls – PollWatch2014) – European Voice
  •  ‘ECR: ‘Nobody for president’’ – Centre-right group of British Conservatives and allies will not put forward a candidate for European Commission president and say that participating in the process would be to legitimise a federalist vision of a European super-state. He also said the ECR group will not be issuing a pan-European manifesto. Although the group will not field a candidate, its leaders said they will insist they be allowed to take part in the presidential debates - European Voice
  •  ‘Gauck: Germany must play bigger global role, not dominate’ – Germany has no desire to dominate other countries but it needs to leverage its post-war experiences of democracy and prosperity to play a bigger role on the global stage, President Joachim Gauck said – Euractiv
  •  EU–Brazil summit – Today (Monday 24) was being held the 7th EU-Brazil summit since the establishment of the Strategic Partnership in July 2007. This Summit provided the occasion to take stock of the progress in the cooperation on sectorial policies such as competitiveness and investment, research, technology and innovation, transport and infrastructure. Leaders also discussed global challenges such as international cyber policy and internet governance, climate change and energy policies, and sustainable development. The summit also provided an occasion to exchange views on regional issues in Latin America as well as on international security and peace questions such as the situation in Iran, Syria, the Middle East Peace Process and African security – Background note, Fact sheet, Joint statement
  • ‘Development aid for health victim of austerity’ – The economic crisis has significantly affected the part of the development aid budgets allocated to health, except in the UK – Euractiv
  •  ‘New EU support for Senegal to strengthen governance, food security and access to water and sanitation’ – Andris Piebalgs announced €347 million of new EU support to Senegal for the period 2014-2020 during a visit to the country on 12-13 of February – European Commission Press Release
  •  ‘Historic French development law makes aid more transparent, democratic’ – France’s National Assembly adopted a historic bill on Monday night (10 Feb.) that will allow members of parliament to debate policies on international development for the first time, and make French aid more transparent. The text is now with the Senate for discussion – Thomson Reuters Foundation; Euractiv
  •  ‘Daily Mail and UKIP slammed for ‘disgraceful’ attack on overseas aid’ – A campaign by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Daily Mail newspaper to divert Britain’s overseas aid budget into domestic flood relief has received a lot of attention, including in European media – Euractiv
  •  ‘Dombrovskis ready to enter EPP race for top EU job’ – Valdis Dombrovskis, the former prime minister of Latvia, is expected to step forward as candidate to represent the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) at this year’s EU Parliament elections. Having turned his country from economic laggard to leader, he may know how to put Europe back on track. Other candidates include Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg) and Michel Barnier (France) – Euractiv; read also ‘‘Baltic candidate’ challenges Juncker for EU top job’ EUObserver
  •  ‘EU elections will be tough again on parties in government, experts say’ – With less than 100 days to go, EurActiv looks at the power balance in Europe and how that could affect the European institutions’ next mandate – Euractiv
  •  ‘Why Europe beckons for Letta’ – Discarded Italian prime minister’s ambiguous political antecedents make him a plausible candidate for European presidencies – European Voice
  •  Switzerland – Following the Swiss referendum on 9 February, in which a narrow majority backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas for the European Union, the Commission said it was postponing talks on Swiss participation in both the EU’s €80-billion Horizon 2020 research programme and its €14.7-billion Erasmus+ educational exchange programme – Euractiv
  •  ‘Bosnia unrest ‘a wake-up call’’ – The most extensive social and political unrest in Bosnia since the country’s civil war of 1992-95 is setting alarm bells ringing across the European Union – European Voice
  •  ‘EU dangles carrot to Ukrainians’ – The European Union’s foreign ministers decided on Monday (10 February) not to invoke the threat of sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities, opting instead to hold out the prospect of more generous EU backing in the future – European Voice
  • ‘Sahel crisis: EU gives €142 million in humanitarian aid in 2014’ – The European Commission has announced it will give €142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014, which is once again suffering because of a severe food and nutrition crisis this year – European Commission Press Release
  •  ‘French aid transparency more successful in second round’ – After some hurdles, France has relaunched its website dedicated to the transparency of development aid in Mali – Euractiv
  •  ‘EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children’ – The €320 million in funding agreements is part of the EU’s MDG-initiative and the 10th European Development Fund, which aims to accelerate progress towards meeting the most off-track goals.  UNICEF and the EU, in cooperation with partner countries and civil societies, will scale up interventions that reduce child mortality and strengthen maternal and pre-natal health – European Commission Press release
  •  ‘Commission on brink of major trade deal in Africa’ – African sources have confirmed that technical talks in late January resulted in agreement between the Commission and the 16-country Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) on an economic partnership agreement (EPA) that covers not only trade in goods, but also in services, investment, enforcement and trade-related aid – European Voice
  •  ‘France backs Niger in talks with Areva over uranium mining’ – The French development minister, Pascal Canfin, has called Niamey’s requests “legitimate” in the dispute between Niger and the French industrial giant Areva whose main shareholder is the French government – Euractiv
  • ‘EU readies voluntary conflict minerals scheme’ – The EU’s trade chief will present a voluntary scheme in March aimed at stemming the import of minerals from conflict zones and prevent their use to finance war and strife, EU officials said on 5 February – Euractiv
  • ‘MEPs vie with Van Rompuy for power of initiative on Commission presidency’ – MEPs reacted with alarm to the disclosure by Van Rompuy last week that he was scheduling a meeting of the European Council a mere 48 hours after the results of the European Parliament elections. The current leadership of the Parliament is afraid that the European Council will pre-empt decisions on who should be appointed to the European Union’s top jobs – European Voice
  • ‘High ambitions for foreign affairs role’ – There are three people whose apparent ambition to succeed Catherine Ashton as high representative stands a chance of success. The three known aspirants – Radoslaw Sikorski (from the centre-right, Polish), Frans Timmermans (a Socialist, Dutch) and Miroslav Lajcák (left leaning, Slovakia) – share three things that set them apart from Ashton: they are male, they are foreign ministers, and they are from smaller member states than Ashton, who is British – European Voice
  • ‘Lagarde for president’ – Chances for a new beginning in Europe are rare and should be seized. Unfortunately, Europe’s leaders have not got the message. The names being canvassed for commission president are an uninspiring list of Eurocrats. One person—who is not a declared candidate—would be far better: Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF- The Economist
  • MEPs are set to block a proposal that all final European Parliament Committee votes on legislation be recorded and published following a joint request by the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and centre-left Social Democrats (S&D) blocks reports European Voice. As a result, the vote on the proposal has been postponed – European VoiceEuropean Voice leader
  • ‘Merkel makes U-turn, backs Juncker for Commission job’ – In a surprise U-turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly indicated she supports Luxembourg’s former prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, as lead candidate for the European People’s Party (EPP). The EPP is set to officially select their lead candidate at a party convention in Dublin on 6 March, which is also likely to entail a nomination for the Commission presidency following the elections  – Euractiv
  •  ‘Keller and Bové to campaign as Greens’ duo’ – José Bové and Ska Keller will lead the European Green party’s campaign for the EU elections in May, after winning an ‘online primary’ that polled 22,600 people across Europe, the party announced 29 January – Euractiv
  •  ‘Think-tanks call for stronger successor to Barroso’ – The next European Commission risks slipping into inertia if EU leaders do not reform the executive and allow for a stronger president to take charge, Brussels’ think tank chiefs said on Tuesday (28 January) – Euractiv
  •  ‘Germany signals new self-confidence on military operations’ – German President Joachim Gauck has said his country should put aside World War II anxieties and play a bigger military role abroad. He gave the Central African Republic and Mali as examples of overseas crises where use of force is legitimate on moral grounds and in terms of UN mandate – EU Observer

 JANUARY 2014

  • Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION amending Council Regulation (EC) No 215/2008 of 18 February 2008 on the Financial Regulation applicable to the 10th European Development Fund for the implementation of the Bridging Facility – Council
  •  ‘It’s (almost) final: EU to slash aid to middle-income countries’ – After more than two years of prolonged and at times contentious negotiations in Brussels, the European Union is now poised to scale back its aid to middle-income countries – Devex
  •  ‘€140 million released to support development in Guinea’ – The European Commission has released almost €140 million to finance five development projects for the Republic of Guinea. Following inclusive and peaceful elections held on 28 September 2013, the European Union was able to resume full cooperation with the country and release the funds from the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) (2008‑2013) – EU Press release
  •  ‘EU Commissioner pledges to align development, farm policies with Africa’ – EU Commissioner Dacian Cioloş called for an elimination of agricultural export refunds in trade with African countries at the International Green Week in Berlin on Thursday 16 January – Euractiv
  •  Communication: ‘A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030’ – The Commission proposes a new reduction target for domestic GHG emissions of 40% compared to 1990 as the centre piece of the EU’s energy and climate policy for 2030. It would be accompanied by a coherent headline target at European level for renewable energy of at least 27% with flexibility for Member States to set national objectives. The question of how best to deliver the optimal energy savings in 2030 will be analysed in greater detail in a review of the Energy Efficiency Directive to be concluded later in 2014 – European Commission
  •  ‘EU sets out ‘walk now, sprint later’ 2030 clean energy vision’ – The European Commission set out its goal on 22 January of a Europe which, by 2030, emits 40% less carbon dioxide than it did in 1990, uses renewables for 27% of its energy, and employs a reserve mechanism to regulate its carbon market – Euractiv
  •  ‘EU ditches plan to regulate on shale gas’ – The European Commission has backed away from tabling new laws to regulate shale gas extraction, choosing to leave national governments in charge on the controversial practice – EUobserver
  •  Decision-makers from around the world met in Davos this week. The event gave place to numerous panel discussions around the four following themes: i. Achieving Inclusive Growth, ii. Embracing Disruptive Innovation, iii. Meeting Society’s New Expectations and iv. Sustaining a World of 9 Billion. The detailed programme is available here. Project Syndicate published a series of blogs which can be found here.
  • ‘Syrian crisis: EU pledges additional funding for humanitarian aid as needs continue to rise’ – The European Commission will pledge an extra €165 million for vital humanitarian assistance and for areas such as education and support to host communities and local societies for 2014 at the International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait on 15 January. This will bring the total funding since the start of the crisis to over €1.1 billion, including €615 million in life saving humanitarian aid alone – European Commission Press Release
  • EU Humanitarian agency in financial difficulty – The multiplication or amplification of crises in 2013 (Mali, Syria, CAR, Philippines…) had a very direct impact on ECHO’s financial balance. The rumor of a risk of bankruptcy started in early January. In 2013, the organisation had to exceed its annual budget of one billion euros by approximately €300 million. A meeting was held in Brussels, Monday 13 Jan. It has confirmed there is “political will” to consolidate the budget for humanitarian aid, but did not clarify when the deficit of the agency would be filled. It may be necessary to find the resources in other sectors. Or to call on Member States and the Parliament – Le Monde (French) ‘L’agence humanitaire de l’UE en difficulté financière’
  • ‘EU and UN mobilise half a billion dollars to save lives in Central African Republic’ – European Commission press release
  •  ‘Council conclusions on the Central African Republic’ – European Council
  •  ‘Ukraine anti-democracy laws spark violent clashes’ – Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital yesterday (19 January) after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament last week – Euractiv
  • Olli Rehn withdraws his candidacy for European elections – The Belgian Guy Verhofstadt will be “the” candidate of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group to the President of the European Commission. Olli Rehn, the current Finnish Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, withdrew from the race. He will run for “another important function.” Either the post of High Representative for European diplomacy, or the presidency of the Eurogroup – Le Monde (French)
  • CAR: ‘EU countries provisionally agree African mission’ – EU countries have provisionally agreed to send troops to Bangui airport to protect civilians and distribute aid – EU Observer
  •  GERMANY’S ODA: ‘High official resigns after Germany freezes development funding’ – German MP Sascha Raabe resigned from his post as development spokesman on Tuesday (7 January) after his party agreed to freeze development funds during coalition negotiations. In the end, the yearly increase in development funding was placed at €200 million, an amount Raabe said was barely enough to maintain Germany’s current ODA level – Euractiv
  • FOREIGN COMPANIES &TAXES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: ‘Niger and France reach impasse on uranium talks’ – Negotiations between Niger and the French nuclear energy conglomerate Areva have hardened as the two sides seek to reach an agreement on uranium extraction in the Western African country. Discussions centre on the implementation of Niger’s 2006 mining law that allows Niamey to increase taxes on uranium extraction. Areva refuses to comply with the taxation rules and wants to conserve the fiscal exonerations foreseen by the previous extraction agreement – Euractiv
  •  SOMALIA ANTI-PIRACY FORCE: ‘EU set to extend Somalian anti-piracy force until 2016’ – The EU is poised to prolong the life of Operation Atalanta, a multi-million euro counter-piracy naval force off the coast of Somalia, as part of the bloc’s comprehensive approach to state-building and peace-making in the Horn of Africa. The mandate for the force was due to run out in December 2014 – Euractiv
  •  INTEGRATED MIGRATION POLICY: ‘Athens vows to push for integrated migration policy’ – Greece is making a point to push for a single asylum system and a more coordinated management of illegal migration flows into Europe during its six-month EU presidency – Euractiv
  •  EEAS: ‘How to Breathe New Life into the European External Action Service’ – Carnegie Europe identifies six areas for improvement in order to enhance the role of the EEAS and boost member states’ buy-in – Carnegie Europe
  • EU CLIMATE POLICY: ‘Parliament, Commission set for clash over 2030 clean energy goals’ –The European Parliament voted for three binding energy and climate targets in 2030 on 9 January, audaciously backing a 40% energy savings improvement, but EurActiv understands that a meeting of nine EU commissioners is set to endorse a far weaker text – Euractiv
  • ‘The Year the EU Sets Its Future Course’ – The debate over the long-term direction of the European political experiment will take center stage in 2014. And the choices EU leaders and citizens make for the union’s leadership positions will be the most visible indicators of where the journey is likely to go  – Carnegie Europe
  •  ‘Critical development business questions for 2014’ – This article covers five of the most pressing development issues for the year 2014, one of which is the EU’s differentiated aid policy – Devex
  •  ‘Central African Republic: only concerted international action can prevent an appalling tragedy from spiralling further out of control’ – Statement by Kristalina Georgieva on the situation in CAR – European Commission Memo
  •  ‘Insecure Europe’ – The author reflects on the recent European Council and considers that the economic crisis has made the EU too inward lookingAna Palacio on Project Syndicate

DECEMBER 2013

  • European Council (19-20 Dec. 2013) – The recent European Council, held in Brussels, focused among other things on security and defence as well as the economic and monetary union - Summit conclusions
  • “EU may send mission to central Africa” – The European Union is likely to decide in January 2014 how to support France, the African Union and the United Nations in their efforts to curb the bloodshed in the Central African Republic – European Voice
  •  Meanwhile, in South Sudan, the situation is deteriorating and there are concerns that it could turn into a civil war. There has not been much official reaction from the EU so far; a statement was released by the local EU delegation on 20 December.
  •  ‘EU wary of using development aid to contain migration’ – After the Lampedusa tragedy, several EU leaders have called for development aid to be targeted toward countries, mostly in Africa, which are a major source of illegal immigration. The European Commission admits that there is a link between giving aid and containing migratory flows, whilst insisting that the two tracks are completely separate – Euractiv
  • Council Regulation for the 10th EDF – The European Commission put forward a proposal for an EU Council Regulation amending the current Regulation on the implementation of the 10th EDF European Development Fund under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement for the implementation of the Bridging Facility between January 2014 and the entry into force of the 11th EDF.
  •  ‘Fresh FTT cash needed for development, climate policies: French minister’ – Europe’s planned financial transaction tax (FTT) would be the best solution to address cash shortages for global development and climate policies, the French deputy minister for development told EurActiv France in an interview – Euractiv
  •  ‘Revised EU trade scheme to help developing countries applies on 1 January 2014’ – The European Union’s rules determining which countries pay less or no duty when exporting to the 28 country trade bloc, and for which products, will change on 1 January 2014 – European Commission Press Release
  •  ‘The Next High Representative and the EEAS’ – This commentary calls for clarifying the relations between the different actors involved in EU foreign policy, strengthening the leadership role of the High Representative within the Commission and integrating central elements such as the European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU Special Representatives in the EEAS – German Institute for International and Security Affairs
  • EU climate finance in the context of external aid – This report published by the European Court of Auditors found that, although climate-related aid has been managed well by the European Commission, cooperation between the Commission and Member States is inadequate.
  •  The EU and Africa: a changing relationship – This European Voice report looks at the economic relationship between the two continents and considers how a sharper focus on trade-based growth on both sides of the Mediterranean has become an element in the burgeoning co-operation on security issues, and touches on the continuing importance of European support for development in the more remote, poorer and more troubled corners of Africa.
  • The EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed development cooperation on 12 December. See the Press release of the Council meeting, Council Conclusions on financing poverty eradication and sustainable development beyond 2015, the Council adoption of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 regulation, and Council Conclusions on the report from the Commission on EU support for democratic governance, with a focus on the governance initiative.
  •  ‘Looking Beyond 2013: Are Africa-Europe Relations Still Fit for Purpose?’ – This report of the conference organised by the European Think-Tanks Group on 28 October 2013 provides a summary of the discussions and recommendations made in view of the EU-Africa summit next Spring.
  • ‘EU-Africa trade partnership negotiations stalled’ – The upcoming deadline imposed by the European Commission to revise the EU’s preferential trade agreements with former colonies in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region is raising concern among African countries – Euractiv
  •  ‘French government approves new legal framework for development aid’ – The French government has adopted a draft law outlining development aid policy priorities but failed to clarify how it will be financed – Euractiv
  • Giving with one hand and taking with the other – Europe’s role in tax-related capital flight from developing countries – This report by Eurodad finds that there is a significant discrepancy between tough political rhetoric from the governments surveyed and their actions. This is having a particularly damaging impact on developing countries. A brief of the report is also available.
  • Paving the way for an EU Development and Cooperation Results Framework – This Commission staff working document sets out the processes that are currently being taken forward by the Commission services to deliver against the ‘Agenda for Change’ commitment to strengthen the Commission’s ability to monitor and report operational results achieved through the implementation of EU funded development and cooperation projects and programmes.
  • The EU’s comprehensive approach to external conflict and crises – In this Joint Communication, the EEAS and the Commission set out their common understanding of the EU’s comprehensive approach to external conflict and crises.
  •  ‘Toward a Sui Generis EU Foreign Policy’ – This blog looks at how the EEAS carved a role out for itself as a dialogue facilitator. It argues the EEAS has had mixed results thus far because it was set up in competition to national foreign services. It suggests that the EEAS should instead focus more on medium- and long-term issues, while the member states do the day-to-day job of dealing with events – Carnegie Europe
  • ‘Challenges 2014: Keeping Ashton’s legacy alive – Showing leadership and coherence in EU external relations through 2014’ – This blog foresees two key trends and challenges for the EEAS in 2014: the lack of appetite for legal change before the institutional transition takes effect in 2014 and the member states’ unanimous recognition of the importance of the role of Vice President, and the need for the High Representative to exert this role – ECDPM
  •  ‘Trade facilitation has real costs and dubious gains’ – the figure of $1 trillion gains put forward by WTO’s director when a deal was reached earlier this month receives criticism in a letter published in the Financial Times – FT
  • ‘EU stops work on Ukraine pact, Washington pushes for sanctions’ – The European Commission announced yesterday (15 December) it was halting work on a landmark trade and political pact with Ukraine, meanwhile details emerged of the sanctions the United States and the EU would impose on President Viktor Yanukovich and oligarchs if there was a crackdown on demonstrators – Euractiv
  • ‘The Netherlands vetoes Albania’s EU candidate status’ – The Dutch parliament has voted against a government proposal to grant Albania the status of EU candidate, preventing EU leaders from rubberstamping the proposal during a summit in Brussels on 19-20 December – Euractiv
  • ‘Ashton flies to Kyiv as tensions heighten’ – Ashton is expected in Kyiv for a two-day visit on 10 Dec. and is due to meet both senior government officials, as well as the leaders of the opposition and civil society. But political observers said that tension in Kyiv had reached boiling point and several worst-case scenarios were described as realistic – Euractiv
  • ‘WTO reaches trade reform deal in Bali’ – The World Trade Organization reached its first trade reform deal on 7 December to a roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers on the Indonesian island of Bali who had decided on the agreement, which could add $1 trillion (€730 billion) to the global economy – Euractiv
  • ‘France goes to war in Africa to ‘save lives’ – On 5 Dec., the UN Security Council unanimously backed a joint African-French force of about 4,800 men to stop violence in the Central African Republic, which has intensified after rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March – EUObserver
  • ‘Leaders pay tribute to Mandela, ‘great light’ has gone out’ – As tributes poured from EU and world leaders, Nelson Mandela was hailed on Thursday evening (5 December) as a hero, a ‘great light’. The man who led the triumphant fight against apartheid in South Africa and became that country’s first black president – Euractiv
  • ‘Ukraine attempts to revive EU deals’ – Ukraine’s President is seeking to revive talks on trade and political deals offered by the European Union just days after he decided not to sign the deals at a summit in Vilnius last week (28-29 November). Yanukovych telephoned José Manuel Barroso on Monday 2 December asking for discussions to resume. Barroso said the EU was willing to talk about implementation of the deals, but would not re-negotiate the terms – European Voice
  • ‘Sustainability will dominate post-2015 development agenda’ – Development ministers from the European Union’s member states will gather in Brussels next Thursday (12 December) to push forward discussion about the international development agenda after 2015. The overarching theme of post-2015 international development policy is likely to be sustainability. The EU envisages anchoring policies on improved living standards and greener economic development models – European Voice
  • ‘Europe Sending Armies to Stop Immigrants’ – The proposal includes options for the interception of population movements towards Europe including an independent maritime operation or the implementation of extra measures within an ongoing Frontex (the EU border agency) operation in the region. All options predict a central role for the CSDP, the key European instrument for dealing with international security crises – Independent European Daily Express
  • ‘EU countries offered €6,000 per head to take in refugees’ – The European Commission is proposing to pay EU countries €6,000 for each UN-registered refugee which they agree to resettle. The idea, announced by the European Commission on Wednesday (4 December), is part of a package designed to stop people dying on sea crossings and being exploited by human traffickers – EUObserver
  • ‘Post 2015: Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development’ – This briefing paper focuses on five key aspects: migrants’ rights as well as living and working conditions; internal migration; environmental change and migration; and low-skilled migration and circular migration – DIE Briefing Paper
  •  ‘The EU’s State Building Contracts: Courageous Assistance to Fragile States, but how effective in the end?’ – State Building Contracts appear to be a smart and flexible response to past criticisms of EC budget support in fragile, transition and conflict-affected environments, but the effectiveness of this form of budget support, which was formalised in 2012, remains to be seen – ECDPM Briefing Note
  • ‘Ready to Fly (Yet?). The European External Action Service: from Fixing Bolts to Taking Off’ – This issue of the “ISPI Studies” series provides a critical review of what has been accomplished thus far, the challenges that the new High Representative is going to face in the near future in terms of the development of the EEAS’s very structure and the prospective enhancement of the Common Foreign and Security Policy – ISPI – Instituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale
  • Empowering Europe’s Future: Governance, Power and Options for the EU in a Changing World – This report analyses trends in power and governance to 2030 – Chatham House and FRIDE Report
  • Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty – The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is the key annual reference document for analysis and statistics on trends in international development co-operation. This year, the DCR explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty – OECD

NOVEMBER 2013

  • Council conclusions on the Common Security and Defence Policy – The conclusions state that the EU has a uniquely wide array of policies and tools at its disposal – spanning the diplomatic, security, defence, financial, trade, and development fields. In order to tackle security threats, the EU needs to apply and further develop its comprehensive approach to all phases of the conflict cycle, from early warning and prevention, through management to stabilisation and peace-building – Council of the EU
  • EU Council Regulation on MFF – The regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020 was adopted on 25 November – Council of the EU
  • Council conclusions on the contributions to the European Development Fund were agreed setting out the financial contributions to be paid by member states in 2014 and the ceiling for the annual amount of member states contributions for 2015 – Council of the EU Press release
  • ‘It’s not very easy to work with us’ admits EU development chief – EuropeAid’s Klaus Rudischhauser explains that while some may find his organisation bureaucratic, it delivers programmes with real impact – The Guardian
  • More power to the High Representative? A brilliant German idea, or just a “Querelle Byzantine”? – The German coalition’s roadmap stresses the need for granting more power to the HR/VP and to the EEAS. The agreement underlines a few propositions such as the necessity to improve the internal functioning of the EEAS; the need to better link its interactions with the European Commission in matters of foreign policy, trade and development aid; the desirability of enhancing its actions toward preventing and dealing with crisis; and the plan for “further linking [of] civilian and military instruments of the EU [with] improving military capacities for crisis prevention and conflict resolution”. This renewed interest may reveal Germany’s aim of securing the position for one of its nationals – European Public Affairs
  • ‘INFOGRAPHIC: How transparent are aid donors?’ – Only a few aid organisations published large amounts of useful information about their activities, according to the 2013 Aid Transparency Index - Euractiv and Publish What You Fund
  • Special Eurobarometer “EU Development Aid and the Millennium Development Goals” – Tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union, according to 66% of EU citizens. Seven out of ten people (69%) believe that helping these countries is also good for the EU, benefiting its citizens – Eurobarometer
  • ‘EU-Jordan: €45m to support civil society, media, justice and security sectors’ - EU Press release
  • New EU projects on access to health, education and other services for the Ethiopian people’ – A total of eight new agreements of an overall amount of almost €240 million have been announced during a visit by the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) – EU Press release
  • ‘350,000 Kiev citizens take to streets after Yanukovich’s EU U-turn’ –Ukrainian opposition leaders at a pro-Europe rally of about 350,000 people called on 1 December for President Viktor Yanukovich and his government to resign. Violent clashes marred the rally between protesters and riot police – Euractiv
  • ‘EU seeks ‘time for reflection’ after Vilnius summit failure’ – EU diplomats admitted that “time for reflection” was needed after Ukraine declined the opportunity to join the bloc at a two-day ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit in Vilnius that ended on 29 November, highlighting the EU’s weakness against an ever-more assertive Russia – Euractiv
  • ‘European Parliament approves EU’s long-term budget (MFF) 2014-2020’ – On 19 November, the European Parliament approved the EU’s budget for 2014-2020. The budget regulation was approved by 537 votes to 126, with 19 abstentions.  The accompanying Inter-Institutional Agreement was approved by 557 votes to 118, with 11 abstentions – European Parliament press release
  • ‘EU needs fewer commissioners, Netherlands says’ – Frans Timmermans explained that governments should create a division of a and b-level boards for the EU executive. Eight “a-board” members would take the lead on Brussels’ biggest portfolios (e.g. internal market, economic affairs and justice and home affairs) and would be solely responsible for initiating new legislation. Meanwhile, the remaining “b-board members” would take oversight roles and keep their right to vote on new legal proposals – EU Observer
  • ‘Europe tries new recipe to combat hunger in Ethiopia’ – Learning from past crises, the European Commission has changed tack on its approach to food security in the Horn of Africa, focusing on resilience to droughts and supporting diversification in local farming production – Euractiv
  • ‘€90m a year support for Myanmar’ – The European Union may give Myanmar – Burma – up to €90 million a year in its 2014-20 development-aid budget. This would make the country one of the principal recipients of EU support – European Voice
  • ‘Ukraine pulls the plug on EU treaty’ – Ukraine’s Prime Minister ordered in a government decree published on 21 November the “halt of the process of preparing the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.” The decree said the decision was taken to “ensure the national security of Ukraine” and to “restore lost trade volumes with the Russian Federation.” Ukraine was due to sign an association and free trade agreement with the EU on 28-29 Nov. at the Eastern Partnership Summit – EU Observer
  • ‘Huge demonstration in Kyiv in support of EU pact’ – In the biggest street demonstrations in Kyiv since the Orange Revolution nine years ago, opposition leaders followed by tens of thousands of Ukrainians called on Yanukovich to go ahead with the signing of a landmark agreement with the European Union on 29 November in Vilnius as originally planned – Euractiv
  •  ‘NGOs walk out of climate talks in Warsaw’ – Over a dozen leading pro-environment NGOs walked out of the United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw on Thursday 21 November saying that a handful of countries, led by Poland, are threatening to derail a future global agreement – EU Observer
  • ‘UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw keeps governments on a track towards 2015 climate agreement’ – After a difficult COP19 where the lack of ambition was denounced by NGOs and some member states, an agreement was reached in the early hours of Sunday 24 Nov. setting a timeline toward the 2015 summit in Paris where a global climate deal is to be reached to replace the Kyoto Protocol – COP 19 Closing press release
  • Central African Republic ‘on the verge of genocide’ – France said that the Central African Republic was “on the verge of genocide” and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene – Euractiv
  •  Commitment to Development Index – The Center for Global Development’s CDI ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations. This year’s ‘winner’ is Denmark – CGD
  • Interview with Pierre Vimont (Executive Secretary-General, EEAS) - European Geostrategy
  • ‘Late night deal seals 2014 EU budget’ – The EU institutions reached a political agreement on 12 November on both the Union’s budget for 2014 (€142.6 billion for total commitments and €135.5 billion in payments) and pending amending budgets for 2013. Both the European Parliament and Council must still formally adopt the agreement – Euractiv
  • EU budget 2014: Parliament and Council strike a dealEU Parliament Press Release
  • ‘Strengthening climate diplomacy’ – This article argues that Europe needs to strengthen its capacity for climate diplomacy, that the creation of the EEAS was a missed opportunity in that respect and that steps should be taken to signal a high-level commitment to climate diplomacy and to provide the service with the means to make a valuable contribution to European climate diplomacy – European Voice  
  • ‘EU finalises trade deal with western African states’ – The EU could finalise a trade agreement with West Africa’s 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the next three months – Euractiv
  • ‘Ministers to discuss call for EU to equip African armies’ – The defence ministers of the EU member states are to call for the EU to consider equipping African armies, a contentious idea that is likely to trigger a sharp debate within and between the EU’s institutions – European Voice
  • This monster called Europe – Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders form a Eurosceptic alliance ahead of the European Parliament elections next May – The Economist
  • ‘Trade talks set to disrupt Africa-Europe relations’ – This article looks at the negotiations between the European Union and sub-Saharan African countries on Economic Partnership agreements (EPA), their blockages, and possible ways forward: This is Africa
  •  ‘A dangerous blend? The EU’s agenda to ‘blend’ public development finance with private finance’ – Eurodad recommends putting an immediate halt to any further ODA being channelled through European-level blending mechanisms until there is a radical overhaul of the transparency and accountability of the current blending mechanisms; and, a full and independent review of the effectiveness of existing mechanisms focusing on their development impacts: Eurodad
  • The Evolution of Official Development Assistance: Achievements, Criticisms and a Way ForwardThe discussion paper documents the evolution of the ODA concept and proposes a possible new approach to measuring aid effort called Official Development Effort (ODE): Institute for International Integration Studies
  • Concord Financing for Development position paper: Concord
  • EU 2013 Report on Policy Coherence for Development – The report looks at PCD cross-cutting issues and thematic issues (i.e. trade and finance, climate change, food security, migration and security): Commission Staff Working Document
  • ‘EU accounts signed off, but errors persist in all main spending areas’: European Court of Auditors, Press Release
  • European Commission work programme – 2014: European Commission
  •  ‘Parliamentary update No.49’ – This update covers the European Parliament’s joint meeting between the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) in the presence of Chairs of the relevant Committees of national parliaments to discuss the preparations for the December European Council: ISIS Europe (Carnegie Europe also issued a paper on this topic calling for a strong new impetus towards a European global strategy).
  •  ‘Commission pledges €5 billion aid for Sahel’ – The European Commission will allocate specific funds to help tackle instability in the Sahel. Most of the money will come under the European Development Fund between 2014 and 2020. The Commission made the announcement as part of a joint action between the UN, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the African Union: Euractiv
  •  ‘France to cancel more debt for the world’s poorest countries’ – The government is expected to cancel €1.79 billion of HIPC debt in its 2014 budget, this represents a 16% share of France’s total development aid budget for next year (€9.8 billion). The countries involved continue to pay their debt back to France but when the refund is completed, France transfers the corresponding amount back by assigning it to poverty eradication programmes: Euractiv

AUGUST 2013

  • EU development cooperation. Where have we got to? What’s next? EDCSP Conference Report
  • EAS Review 2013: EEAS
  • EEAS should be streamlined, review says: European Voice
  • New EU communication sets out proposal for financing for poverty eradication and sustainable development post-2015: European Commission
  • Brussels proposes pooling world development aid funding: EurActiv
  • EU pledges €100m infrastructure aid as South African summit opens: EurActiv

JULY 2013

  • Media Statement on the UN High Level Panel Report on Post-2015: CONCORD Europe
  • From Purse to Policy to Practice - Six Initiatives to Future-proof EU Development Cooperation for 2014-2020 and Beyond: ECDPM Briefing Note
  • Donors, recipients look at effectiveness of ‘aid for trade’: EurActiv
  • A well-played hand: Irish Presidency praised for getting deals done: European Voice
  • There is merit in the EU fulfilling limited ambitions: European Voice
  • Council conclusions on climate change - An EU strategy on adaptation to climate change: Council of the European Union
  • Ministers back higher foreign aid spending despite EU fiscal woes: EurActiv 
  • EU’s heavy budget file lands on Brussels summit table: EurActiv 
  • Irish clinch deal on EU’s ‘Horizon 2020′ research programme: EurActiv 
  • ‘We will strive to be a trustworthy EU presidency’, says Lithuanian leader: EurActiv
  • Council approves MFF agreement: Council of the European Union
  • Political agreement on EU €960 billion budget: Irish Presidency of the EU
  • EU 2014-2020 budget agreed. This time for real? EurActiv
  • Row over EU budget overshadows deals: European Voice
  • MEPs demand more on 2014-20 budget: European Voice

JUNE 2013

FEBRUARY 2013

JANUARY 2013

NOVEMBER 2012

  • The European Council has become the new centre of political gravity in EU decision-making
  • LSE blog: Uwe Puetter
  • The EU is undermining its own foreign policy by refusing to act as strongly in the diplomatic arena as its competitors
  • LSE blog: Daniel C. Thomas

OCTOBER 2012

  • European Think-Tanks Group report from high-level panel – ‘Confronting Inequality’ – at the European Development Days
  • ETTG: Sian Herbert
  • EU-Africa relations: what’s in store for 2013?
  • ECDPM
  • The European Commission adopted its 2013 Work Programme with focus on trade, targeted action in the neighbourhood, and furthering the MDGs.
  • European Commission
  • Four financial scenarios for the EU international development budget for the next MFF
  • ECDPM
  • From poverty reduction to mutual interests? The debate on differentiation in EU development policy
  • DIE: Svea Koch
  • European Development Days European Think-Tanks Group (ETTG) blog
  • ETTG
  • EU aid briefing
  • BOND
  • The EEAS waiting game: The appointment of heads to the EEAS is going on and on.
  • European Voice
  • European Court of Auditors audit questions sustainability of EU water projects in Africa
  • EurActiv
  • New European Commission Communication on ‘Supporting societies in democratic transition’
  • European Commission
  • The European Commission appoints several new special advisers
  • European Voice

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Stavros Lambrinidis appointed first EU Special Representative for Human Rights
  • EEAS

AUGUST 2012

  • Commissioner Piebalgs appointed as a member of the High level Panel on post-2015 development agenda
  • European Commission
  • Starting gun sounds for EU Parliament elections 2014
  • EUobserver
  • Irish EU Presidency to push child hunger prevention
  • EUobserver

JULY 2012

  • Cyprus’s movers and shakers: The main players in the Cypriot government
  • European Voice (pasted below)
  • EU Accountability Report 2012 on Financing for Development: Review of progress of the EU and its Member States
  • European Commission
  • Syria puts the EU’s priorities to the test: Budgetary restraint in some areas and not others can lead to big problems.
  • European Voice
  • European Development Aid: How to be more effective without spending more?
  • Notre-Europe
  • Horizon 2025: creative destruction in the aid industry
  • ODI
  • Trade, aid and rural development: EU sugar policy and the experience of Swaziland
  • ECDPM: Ben Richardson
  • The implementation of macro-financial assistance to third countries in 2011
  • European Commission
  • Report of the EP Workshop on Trade and Investment for Development – Brussels, March 2012
  • European Parliament
  • Commission gives €35 million for disaster preparedness programmes in 2012
  • European Commission
  • BBC Hard Talk with Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade
  • BBC
  • Conclusions of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council Meeting
  • Council of the EU
  • EU Priorities for the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
  • Council of the EU
  • EU maintains its leader position in Aid for Trade to developing countries
  • European Commission
  • Providing children with their ‘first right’: new EU project to ensure birth registration
  • European Commission
  • Commitment to close cooperation to tackle crisis and deliver an ambitious long-term EU budget
  • European Commission
  • Cyprus presidency to start collecting wish lists for EU budget
  • EurActiv
  • The future of the EU development budget
  • Bond
  • Finance ministers to work out changes to the eurozone’s rescue funds
  • EU Observer
  • EU Strategic Framework and EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
  • Council of the EU
  • Draft Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation
  • European Parliament
  • AidWatch Report 2012: Aid We Can – Invest More in Global Development
  • AidWatch
  • NGOs raise concern on quantity and quality of EU aid
  • DevEx
  • Security and development approaches to Central Asia. The EU compared to China and Russia
  • EUCAM
  • Evaluation of European Commission’s cooperation with the Republic of Congo
  • European Commission (FR)
  • Extension of EBRD operations to southern and eastern Mediterranean
  • Council of the EU
  • Senior managers in the European Commission indicate they do not have all EU spending under control
  • European Voice
  • David Cameron says he will consider a referendum on Britain’s future relationship with Europe, but only when the time is right
  • Sunday Telegraph: David Cameron
  • German parliament approves EU bailout fund
  • EurActiv

JUNE 2012

  • ECHO/UNICEF nutrition programme helps hundreds of thousands of children in Niger
  • European Commission
  • Improving the EU’s early warning response systems
  • Saferworld
  • EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) – the negotiating box
  • Council of the EU
  • Rio+20 side event on Sustainable Development Goals and the European Report on Development
  • UN
  • EU27 investment flows with the rest of the world recovered in 2011
  • Eurostat
  • Biofuelling the global food crisis: why the EU must act at the G20
  • ActionAid
  • Debate: Should we re-think which countries get development aid from the EU?
  • Debating Europe
  • MEPs demand robust and flexible budget and reformed revenue system for the EU
  • European Parliament
  • The 2012 DAC Report on Multilateral Aid – emerging findings
  • OECD-DAC
  • European Commission adopts special measure to support Syrian population and refugees
  • European Commission
  • EU denounces Israeli settlement expansion
  • EUobserver
  • Council approves signing of free trade agreement with Colombia and Peru
  • Council of the EU
  • “Discrimination hampers development” – new EU aid package to fight discrimination in developing countries
  • European Commission DevEx
  • Financial assistance to non-EU countries in the area of migration and mobility
  • European Commission

MAY 2012

  • Rethinking Aid for Trade in the context of Innovative Financing
  • ECDPM
  • European Commission allocates €5 million to help flood victims in South America
  • European Commission
  •  ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: meeting Europe’s global partners
  • European Parliament
  • The CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for trade and development – factsheet
  • European Commission
  • Council Conclusions: ‘The Future Approach to EU Budget Support to Third Countries’
  • Council of the EU
  • World Water Forum 2012: well defined rights are key for allocating water across uses and sectors
  • ERD European Commission
  • Food security: EU supports G8 initiative for a “New Alliance” with partner countries, donors and the private sector
  • European Commission
  • Yemen: the European Commission gives millions more to fight growing hunger crisis
  • European Commission
  • EIB supports upgrade of road infrastructure in Georgia with EUR 170 million
  • European Commission
  • EEAS: High Representative Catherine Ashton appoints 17 new Heads and Deputy Heads of Delegation
  • European Commission
  • Progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals: mid-term review in preparation of the UN high-level meeting in September 2010
  • European Parliament DEVE
  • EU Court of Auditors report finds shortcomings in EC Common External Relations Information System
  • EU Court of Auditors
  • Structuring options for a green economy – what does the ERD say about the ingredients, recipes, and cooks?
  • ERD: Dirk Willem te Velde
  • The Future of Development Cooperation: from Aid to Policy Coherence for Development
  • ECDPM: Niels Keijzer
  • Annual Report on EIB activity in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, and the overseas territories
  • EIB
  • EU creates new Caribbean and Pacific Investment Facilities to support key investment in infrastructure
  • European Commission
  • Draft Council Conclusions on a renewed EU-Pacific Development Partnership
  • Council of the EU
  • EU’s first Economic Partnership Agreement with an African region goes live
  • European Commission
  • EBRD moves closer to engaging in North Africa, Middle East
  • DevEx
  • UK resumes funding to Malawi
  • DevEx
  • Niccolò Rinaldi: trade “wonderful opportunity” for Arab Spring democracy
  • European Parliament
  • EU – Kenya: New EU support to strengthen food security among vulnerable mothers and children
  • European Commission
  • EU – Nepal: Framework Agreement between European Investment Bank (EIB) and Nepalese Government
  • European Commission
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy structures and instruments after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty
  • EPLO
  • EU funding for peacebuilding: EPLO’s recommendations for reforming the EU’s external co-operation programmes
  • EPLO
  • Delivering results – How Denmark can lead the way for Policy Coherence for Development
  • Concord Denmark
  • MEPs block budget approval for three EU agencies
  • EU Observer
  • European Parliament plans for 2025
  • EurActiv
  • UKIP has increased its share of votes at local elections in England and Wales – averaging 13% of the vote, five points higher than a year ago
  • BBC

APRIL 2012

  • Re-launch of the ETTG report: EU Blending Facilities: Implications for Future Governance Options
  • ETTG
  • European Union (2012), DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations
  • OECD-DAC Guardian
  • EU plays down expectations for Rio Earth Summit
  • EurActiv
  • Thematic global evaluation of the European Commission support to decentralisation processes
  • European Commission
  • Why the EU needs a strong set of rules for extractive sector transparency
  • Global Witness
  • Reprogramming EU development cooperation for 2014-2020
  • ECDPM
  • Food Security: A Mapping of European Approaches
  • GPPI: Alexander Gaus
  • Political conditionality in the EU’s development cooperation
  • ECDPM: Jan Vanheukelom
  •  Future EU External Action budget. Focus on Development
  • CONCORD
  • A federal Europe is the only way out of the crisis
  • EurActiv: Jacques Attali
  •  The Howitt Report – paving the way for a EU human rights “czar”
  • EurActiv
  • “Energising Development”: Commission’s new initiative to help achieve energy access for all by 2030
  • European Commission
  • New partnership between EU and UN Women to enhance gender equality worldwide
  • European Commission
  • Commissioner Georgieva warns of possible humanitarian disaster in northern Mali
  • European Commission
  • Commissioner Piebalgs visits Côte d’Ivoire to relaunch political dialogue and reinforce European aid
  • European Commission
  • MEPs achieve progress on energy security, trade and human rights in meeting with EU’s Eastern Partners
  • European Parliament
  • India says EU CO2 law could scupper global climate talks
  • EurActiv
  • Imminent UN reform will force European re-think
  • EurActiv
  • Europe entering age of ‘aid austerity’
  • EUObserver
  • What future for the ACP and the Cotonou Agreement? Preparing for the next steps in the debate
  • ecdpm
  • Billions less for development? Analysing drivers and consequences of possible ‘zero growth’ scenarios for the 11th European Development Fund 2014 – 2020
  • ecdpm: Ulrika Kilnes
  • MEPs to discuss with EU’s Eastern Partners how to cooperate on energy, trade and human rights issues
  • European Parliament
  • Karel De Gucht European Commissioner for Trade EU-ASEAN Trade and Investment 2012 EU-ASEAN Business Summit Phnom Penh April 1, 2012
  • European Commission
  • Martin Schulz calls on the Union for the Mediterranean to support democratic process in Arab Spring countries
  • European Parliament
  • UN expert says EU farm policies ‘impossible to satisfy’
  • EurActiv
  • MEPs question heavy greening of the EU budget
  • EurActiv
  • Feeding the world: A green headache for policymakers
  • EurActiv

MARCH 2012

  • Translating Busan and the EU Agenda for Change into practice
  • ECDPM
  • Trade: Third countries could be excluded from EU tenders unless they offer reciprocal access to their markets.
  • European Voice  EurActiv
  • EU to finance Palestinian water plant
  • EUobserver
  • Efficacy of EU’s ‘green’ CAP reform questioned
  • EurActiv
  • Agriculture. World fertiliser production is expected to soar to keep up with rising food and biofuel output
  • EurActiv
  • Regions commit to green policies ahead of Rio+20
  • EurActiv
  • EU mulls ‘green lawsuits’ against China
  • EurActiv
  • Transatlantic trade deal on the horizon?
  • EurActiv
  • UN official calls EU’s asylum system ‘extremely dysfunctional’
  • EurActiv
  • More or less? A financial analysis of the proposed 11th European Development Fund
  • ecdpm
  • Europe and the Changing Global Order: Implications for the EU-Africa Relations
  • Warwick Uni: GR:EEN
  • Madagascar: Commission launches €1 million emergency funding for victims of cyclones Giovanna and Irina
  • European Commission
  • EU to consider security training mission to Niger
  • EUobserver
  • Priorities for Rio+20: Pathways to a Sustainable Future – Council conclusions
  • Council of the EU
  • Criticism of differentiation: Some nations could see EU water aid run dry
  • EurActiv
  • Over 70 NGOs urge Danish EU Presidency to speed up FT
  • Oxfam blog
  • EU humanitarian assistance to South East Asia continues long after the cameras have left
  • European Commission
  • Global goal to increase the number of people with access to drinking water achieved ahead of time; 32 million people benefited from EU actions on water
  • European Commission
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: the European Commission boosts funding for bringing humanitarian aid to hard-to-reach people in need
  • European Commission
  • The European Commission joins the operations to bring first aid to the victims of Brazzaville explosions
    European Commission
  • Danes see ‘tough negotiations’ at Environment Council
  • EurActiv
  • EU member states to get more money for receiving refugees
  • European Voice
  • EIB Operational Plan 2012-2014
  • EIB
  • Reviewing one of the EU’s foreign policy priorities: the Rights of the Child
  • EEAS
  • EU leaders eye stronger UN role to police the environment
  • EurActiv
  • Commissioner Piebalgs visits Haiti: “The EU keeps delivering on its promises to help Haitians to build a better future”
  • European Commission
  • ACTA: experts reveal how it could affect civil liberties and access to generic medicine
  • European Parliament
  • Palestine’s UN upgrade coming back on EU agenda
  • EUobserver
  • EU Security and Defence news – e-newsletter (Issue 58)
  • EEAS
  • Máire Geoghegan-Quinn European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science “Sharing excellence in science, technology and innovation between Europe, Singapore and the ASEAN region”
  • European Commission
  • LSE launches new Brussels blog – EUROPP
  • LSE blog
  • EU foreign ministers voted on Monday to transfer the presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean from France to the EU’s External Action Service headed by Catherine Ashton.
    Les Echos
  • Special report on water policy
  • EurActiv

FEBRUARY 2012

  • European Commission publishes its second Trade and Investment Barriers Report (describing progress with six strategic economic partners - China, India, Japan, Mercosur, Russia and the US)
  • European Commission European Commission 2
  • Potočnik to test Rio ideas at UNEP forum
  • EurActiv
  • EU Statement – United Nations Security Council: Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa and the Sahel
  • EEAS
  • Commissioner De Gucht visits Moldova and Georgia to open trade negotiations
  • European Commission
  • ERD consultation: Elements for a Post-2015 Global Agenda
  • ECDPM
  • European Commission’s new Scientific Advisory Board for EU development policy was launched in Brussels (including Simon Maxwell and Dirk Messner)
  • European Commission
  • Karel De Gucht European Commissioner for Trade EU-Asian Cooperation in an Era of Transformation Foreign Correspondents’ Club Honk Kong, 16 February 2012
  • European Commission: Karel De Gucht
  • €30 million to feed a million children in the Sahel – the European Commission and World Food Programme join forces to fight the looming food crisis
  • European Commission EurActiv: Georgieva
  • EU foreign service moves into new home
  • EUobserver
  • Trade, Growth & Development: Tailoring trade and investment policy for those countries most in need
  • European Commission
  • EU helps tackle poverty by boosting trade capacity of poorest developing countries
  • EEAS
  • The European Commission’s legislative proposals for financing EU Development Cooperation
  • ODI: Mikaela Gavas
  • Spotlight on the division of labour between the EEAS and DG DEVCO
  • ECDPM
  • Thematic evaluation of the European Commission support to respect of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
  • European Commission
  • Commission still pulls the strings on EU foreign policy
  • EUobserver
  • EU – China Summit EU27 exports to China up by 21% and imports by 5% in the first ten months of 2011
  • Eurostat EEAS factsheet
  • EU head of delegation to Egypt: Europe needs a real partnership with Egypt
  • European Parliament
  • MEPs who have adopted a resolution calling for Member States to stop providing safe havens for the personal fortunes of leaders of authoritarian regimes
  • European Parliament
  • EU plans to increase its presence in Syria: Humanitarian experts could be sent within days
  • European Voice

JANUARY 2012

  • Aid has to be modernised; EU is not pulling out from middle income countries (MICs)
  • Andris Piebalgs blog
  • Declaration on the Establishment of a European Endowment for Democracy
  • Council of EU
  • The EU’s approach to fragility in Guinea Bissau: Between ambition and coherence
  • FRIDE
  • Bill Gates addresses the International Development Committee in the European Parliament
  • BBC Democracy Live
  • EU sees thirsty China as a partner at Rio
  • EurActiv
  • Cameron spurs new WTO strategy and insists the EU should instead negotiate free trade deals with the United States and Africa
  • EurActiv
  • Western powers to end Kosovo supervision
  • EurActiv
  • Higher EU CO2 cut ‘fundamental’ to developing world
  • EurActiv
  • Rebuilding homes for Haitians – Two years on, Europe continues to deliver on its promises to Haiti
  • European Commission
  • Boosting trade, central to African Union summit
  • EEAS
  • European Commission doubles its humanitarian assistance in Sahel, Commissioner Georgieva calls for “smart aid”
  • European Commission
  • Leaked document reveals Rio+20 sustainable development goals
  • EurActiv
  • Ministers identify glitches in EU diplomatic service
  • EUobserver

DECEMBER 2011

  • Impact Assessment: Financing instrument for the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide
  • European Commission
  • Meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Development (DEVE) on the MFF development instruments, 8 December 2011
  • Council of the EU
  • More Action, Better Service: How to Strengthen the European External Action Service
  • Carnegie Europe
  • Measuring the development impact of loans used for public investment projects
  • ECDPM
  • Helping in emergencies and long-term crises – where the European Commission’s humanitarian aid will go in 2012
  • European Commission
  • The role and the coherence of EU policies in changing the global food, speech by Kristalina Georgieva
  • European Commission
  • EU Security and Defence news – e-newsletter Issue 55 – e-bulletin No. 55
  • EEAS
  • Andris Piebalgs European Commissioner for Development Closing speech 2011 European Development Days
  • European Commission
  • Revision of the EU Civil Protection legislation: towards more effective disaster management
  • European Commission
  • Questioning Old Certainties: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2012
  • ECDPM
  • Establishment Agreement signed between the European Union and the Republic of South Sudan
  • EEAS
  • The European Commission renews its assistance for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, supporting vital government functions and refugees
  • European Commission
  • The European Union announces new initiatives to increase transparency and improve coordination in aid delivery
  • European Commission
  • MEPs worried about EU development spending
  • EUobserver
  • EU development cooperation after the Lisbon Treaty: People, institutions and global trends
  • ECDPM
  • Factsheet on the interim Economic Partnership Agreements: WEST AFRICA: IVORY COAST AND GHANA
  • European Commission
  • Decision of the Government of Eritrea to terminate ongoing programmes under the 10th EDF
  • EEAS
  • In partnership with women: empowerment through action
  • EEAS
  • Pushing for climate commitments in Durban
  • EEAS
  • Council conclusions on enlargement and stabilisation and association process
  • Council of the EU
  • EU-Russia Summit (14 December) – latest news
  • EEAS
  • The next European Council (8-9 December) will focus on economic policy, energy and enlargement issues
  • European Council
  • Congolese tensions spill onto streets of Brussels
  • EUobserver
  • The EU and Turkey: steering a safer path through the storms
  • EUobserver
  • EU support for public administration, regional development and energy efficiency in Ukraine
  • European Commission

NOVEMBER 2011

  • Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2011 – Invitation to contribute information
  • EEAS
  • Is there a new impetus on the EU to deal with conflict and fragility in third countries? Part 2: recent policy developments
  • ecdpm
  • Council Decision on the financial contributions to be paid by the Member States to finance the European Development Fund in 2012 and 2013, including the first instalment for 2012
  • Council of the EU
  • EU boosts regional cooperation and border management in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia
  • European Commission
  • Europe, G20, and South-South Trade: Insights from European Approaches to Regional Integration in Africa
  • GMF
  • Green space emerges as major CAP controversy
  • EurActiv
  • EU-Chile: Laying the foundations for closer cooperation in disaster management
  • European Commission
  • Commission announces support for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and research projects in Jordan
  • European Commission
  • Sweden urges EU to take control of north Kosovo problem
  • EUobserver
  • EU steps back, as tensions build ahead of Congo elections
  • EUobserver
  • Syria: France recognises Syrian council, proposes military intervention
  • EUobserver
  • EU-US Summit, Washington 28 November 2011
  • EEAS
  • Commissioner Piebalgs on his first visit to Niger: an additional support for development and security in the Sahel
  • European Commission
  • A new EU impetus on conflict and fragility, or more of the same? Part 1: institutions and evaluation
  • ecdpm
  • Aprodev Newsletter Oct 2011
  • Aprodev
  • Brinksmanship on all sides ahead of EU-Ukraine summit
  • EUobserver
  • MEPs push for strong EU role in climate talks
  • EurActiv
  • Additional €1.5 million for most vulnerable drought victims in Afghanistan
  • European Commission
  • EP Agriculture Committee Chair: We need a more flexible and productive CAP
  • European Parliament
  • Study on Legal Instruments and Lessons Learned from the Evaluations Managed by the Joint Evaluation Unit
  • ecdpm
  • EU is latest donor to publish IATI data
  • IATI
  • New Organisational Chart for EEAS
  • EEAS
  • EU HR Ashton visit to Azerbaijan
  • EEAS
  • EU HR Ashton visit to Georgia
  • EEAS
  • EU HR Ashton visit to Armenia
  • EEAS
  • EU HR Ashton meets Deputy PM of Russia
  • EEAS
  • EU preparing to launch visa-free talks with Russia
  • EUobserver
  • Commissioner Piebalgs in Mali to support development and security in the Sahel
  • European Commission
  • EU announces closer working ties with Anna Lindh Foundation through a new joint programme for the revitalisation of Arab civil society
  • European Commission
  • Questioning old certainties: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2012
  • ECDPM
  • A new and comprehensive EU approach to the Horn of Africa
  • EEAS
  • Ukraine lowers ambitions for EU summit
  • EUobserver
  • Belarus: EU sanctions causing pain for Lukashenko
  • EUobserver
  • Warlords undermine EU security mission in Congo
  • EUobserver
  • Strasbourg opening: Buzek on natural disasters, Arab spring, Eurogroup debate and human rights
  • European Parliament
  • Spotlight on EU Policy Coherence for Development: New report by Concord
  • Concord
  • 11th Joint Committee EU – Mexico (joint communication)
  • EEAS
  • World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability: New report by the German Advisory Council (WBGU)
  • WBGU
  • EU Common Position for Busan will be adopted in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 14 November 2011
  • European Commission
  • Tymoshenko makes emotional plea to save EU-Ukraine treaty
  • EUobserver
  • World’s nuclear arsenals growing, think-tank Basic warns
  • EUobserver
  • EPA Negotiations: The honeymoon is over
  • ECDPM
  • EEAS newsletter: EU Security and Defence news
  • EEAS
  • EU – Colombia: main areas of development cooperation
  • EEAS
  • A look at EU support to Libya
  • EEAS
  • Thematic Evaluation of European Commission Support to Conflict Prevention and Peace-building
  • European Commission
  • Press briefing on international conferences on Afghanistan: EU Special Representative for Afghanistan
  • European Council

OCTOBER 2011

  • Post-2013 EU Common Agricultural Policy, Trade and Development: A Review of Legislative Proposals
  • ICTSD
  • MEPs to examine the rules that govern how EU funds are disbursed, including humanitarian funds
  • European Voice
  • Eleventh OLAF Annual Operational Report
  • OLAF
  • Russia opens ‘humanitarian’ base in Serbia
  • EurActiv
  • The British delegation to the UN blocks EU statements to UN committees
    Guardian
  • The EIB and conflict sensitivity
  • EPLO
  • COUNCIL DECISION extending the mandate of the EU Special Representative to the African Union
  • Europa
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the financial contributions to be paid by the Member States to finance the European Development Fund (the 3rd instalment 2011)
  • Council of the European Union
  • The EU-India summit collapses: learning the right lessons
  • E!Sharp
  • An MEP in Tunis: Women, Islamists do well in election
  • EUobserver
  • EIB and European Commission welcome adoption of new mandate for lending outside the EU
  • EIB
  • The EU and the Arab spring: from munificence to geo-strategy
  • FRIDE
  • Special Issue on Aid for Trade: Interview with WTO DG Pascal Lamy and NEPAD agency CEO Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
  • Trade Negotiations Insights
  • Operationalising the West African EPA Development Programme Moving beyond the paperwork
  • ECDPM
  • Global changes, emerging players and evolving AC P-EU relations: Towards a common agenda for action?
  • ECDPM
  • EU sets conditions for signing up to Kyoto II
  • EurActiv
  • OECD urges EU to reform farm support
  • EurActiv
  • EU Accountability Report 2011 on Financing for Development – Commission staff working paper
  • European Commission
  • Video footage of the Foreign Affairs Council – 10 October 2011
  • European Council
  • EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2010
  • EEAS
  • Putin unveils counter-EU option for post-Soviet states, the ‘Eurasian Union’
  • EUobserver EurActiv
  • Former US President Carter highlights the need for election observation efforts to promote democracy
  • European Parliament
  • Agenda of High Representative/Vice President Catherine Ashton – Week of 10 October 2011
  • EEAS
  • Commissioner Piebalgs will launch the proposal on “EU Development Policy: an Agenda for Change”, and a communication on EU budget support on 13 October
  • European Commission
  • EU leaders have promised Belarus President $9 billion if he frees political prisoners and holds free elections.
  • EUobserver
  • Chief EU climate negotiator: In Durban we need to produce a roadmap towards a global legal framework
  • EUobserver
  • Serbian soldiers to participate in EU Missions
  • EurActiv

SEPTEMBER 2011

  • Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel
  • EEAS
  • Draft EU summit declaration calls for the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy to be “strengthened” and made more “visible”
  • EUobserver European Voice
  • EU parliament reminds governments of new budget powers
  • EUobserver
  • BRICS offer help to eurozone with strings attached – they could ask for more voting powers in the IMF
  • EurActiv
  • EU – South Africa Summit 15 Sept: shared views on important global questions
  • European Council
  • EU and Nato sponsor confrontational mission in Kosovo
  • EUobserver
  • Internal bickering set to cost Bosnia €96m in EU funding
  • European Voice
  • The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) launches search for development aid, archiving and ICT experts to work in the EU institutions
  • EU careers online
  • New figures show EU aid is more transparent and effective, but more ambitious reforms could save up to €4 billion yearly
  • European Commission
  • Group of five calls for EU military headquarters
  • EUobserver
  • Member states to outline views on long-term budget on Monday 12 September
  • European Voice
  • EU delegation voices concern about the humanitarian implications of a proposed separation barrier in a village near Bethlehem
  • ReliefWeb

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