Towards supporting developing countries through all EU policy areas: New report shows progress on policy coherence for development

January 30, 2012

European Commission Today, the European Commission published its biennial report on Policy Coherence for Development. It shows that the EU and its Member States have improved the way they make sure that their policies in various areas contribute to development objectives and to the global fight against poverty. Read the rest of this entry »

Erasmus Mundus: funding boost for Arab Spring countries

January 30, 2012

European Commission The European Commission has more than doubled the number of education and teaching grants available for young people and university staff from countries involved in the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Funding for a further 559 scholarships, on top of the 525 that were already planned for 2011-2012, are being allocated to Southern Mediterranean countries through ‘Erasmus Mundus’, the international version of the European Commission’s Erasmus student and staff exchange scheme. Read the rest of this entry »

Commission calls for savings in EU Institutions

January 30, 2012

European Commission For the second year running, the European Commission is urging all EU institutions to show the utmost restraint in drafting their estimates for their administrative budget in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Questioning old certainties: Challenges for Africa-EU relations in 2012

December 19, 2011

ECDPM ECDPM’s annual Challenges Paper seeks to identify important debates that can be expected in 2012 and beyond and to sketch the backdrop against which these will unfold. Questioning Old Certainties highlights key issues and forums to watch in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

The EC proposes a Pan-African Programme within the new financial perspective

December 9, 2011

EC On December 7 the European Commission published the “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation”. Regarding the Pan-African component, the regulation sets out the following:

Article 9 (Pan-African Programme) describes the Pan-African Programme that is being set up to implement the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Read the rest of this entry »

EU: unclear instruments with clear results?

November 22, 2011

WECO The current European multi-annual budget includes 10 external action budget lines, or so-called ‘legal instruments’. ECDPM carried out a study for the EC, looking into what lessons could be learnt from the past experience of EU external action programmes under 6 of these 10 instruments. Read the rest of this entry »

EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa

November 22, 2011

WECO The EU Foreign Affairs Council signed off on a new “EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa” earlier this week. This document clearly illustrates that the EU, with its institutions and member-states, wants also to pursue its interests beyond poverty alleviation to protecting its own citizens from threats that emanate from the region. Read the rest of this entry »