Simon Maxwell and Mikaela Gavas analyse the Conclusions regarding the new EU development policy, ‘Agenda for Change’, published by the EU Foreign Affairs Council  in October 2011. They ask what has been gained and lost in the process, and whether it is now possible to see what kind of settlement will be reached when the Multi-Annual Financial Framework for 2014-20 is agreed. Read their opinion here.

In December, the European Commission unveiled its package of legislative proposals on the EU’s external action instruments for the period 2014-20 as part of the negotiations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s spending review. Mikaela Gavas has written an ODI Background Note analysing the changes introduced by the instruments of direct relevance to international development.

On 29 November, EDCSP, as part of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), together with Thijs Berman MEP, hosted a roundtable debate in the European Parliament on the development aspects of the proposals on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

To see the ETTG’s presentation, click here.

The European Think-Tanks Group, four of Europe’s leading think-tanks have published a joint briefing paper:

The EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework post-2013: Options for EU development cooperation

 As negotiations around Europe’s post-2013 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) begin, there are major questions around the comparative advantage of a Europe-wide approach to development assistance, and the role of the EU in the future global aid architecture. What should this aid be for? How should it be managed? How can European aid adapt to a development landscape that is going through such rapid change, and address current and emerging global challenges?
The paper reviews this landscape and proposes and analyses a set of options on:

    1. Rethinking priorities and assistance towards MICs and emerging economies;
    2. Ensuring enough flexibility to respond to unforeseen needs;
    3. Dealing with climate finance;
    4. Ensuring adequate long-term funding to strengthen security and development linkages;
    5. Budgetising or maintaining a separate European Development Fund.

As European development aid undergoes a policy re-think, and looks set to emerge leaner and stronger, Simon Maxwell assesses the factors at work and points to reforms and new measures that are still needed. The EU’s Financial Perspectives offer an opportunity to build a handsome new Eiffel tower of development policies. A lot of rivets will be needed, but all the hammering will be worth it for the view.  Europe’s World, June 2011  “Why the EU’s aid effort must escape the budgetary axe!

ODI joined forces with DIE and ONE to host a private roundtable on ‘Rethinking the EU’s external action budget’ in Berlin on the 1st March. Participants included officials from the German Foreign Affairs, Development and Treasury ministries as well as representatives from the European Commission and leading NGOs.

This is the third in a series of consultations EDCSP is organising on the EU Financial Perspectives post 2013. Events have already taken place in London and Brussels and a Paris meeting will take place on the 16th March. Plans are in place to hold similar events in the Spain, the Netherlands and in the European Parliament.

To read a summary of discussion click here


Simon and Mikaela’s charter sets out 10 key principles for the negotiations on the EU Financial Perspectives post-2013.  Do you agree with them?  Cast your vote on the 10 principles and leave your comments.


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