European Think-Tanks Group published policy brief on European External Action Service

ECDPM website. Four leading European Think-Tanks – namely Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) – have published a new policy note titled ‘Development-proofing the EEAS’ in response to the new blueprint on the European External Action Service (EEAS) agreed by the EU General Affairs Council.

The document elaborates on the four key priorities set out by heads of the four organisations in their Open Letter of 5 May: equipping the EEAS to support the High Representative and the Development Commissioner in promoting coherence of all EU policies with development objectives; ensuring development principles inform the programming of aid; enabling the EEAS to facilitate EU donor coordination and division of labour; and ensuring both the EEAS and the Commission have the necessary capacity and expertise for strategic thinking on international relations in line with the objectives of EU external action. Noting that speed is of the essence in implementing the agreement, the paper offers further guidance on some of the ‘how’ questions in the implementation phase.

Read the policy brief here.

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