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EU capacity to promote ‘values’ in the developing world declining


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

EU capacity to promote ‘values’ in the developing world declining

To say the EU’s ability to promote values through external action is declining may be an understatement. This time the observation is made in a report aimed at improving and making more coherent Union diplomacy and the way the bloc’s taxpayer money is spent. The limitations of EU outreach became visible in recent years particularly in the context of the Eastern Partnership, an initiative which sought to closely associate six countries in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. Another perhaps more tragic example is the failure of the EU’s engagement with neighbours in the south, following the Arab Spring.But a report points out the same deficiencies vis-à-vis the ACP countries, 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, with the exception of Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement, which binds them to the European Union. The Coherence Report – Insights from the external evaluations of the External Financing Instruments, says that the EU’s capacity to promote its ‘values’ agenda – human rights, democracy, rule of law – has declined, as a result of “trade-offs” between the Union’s self-interest in the context of the refugee crisis and founding principles of poverty eradication and partnership with the ACP countries. The report aims at providing insight to policymakers as to the functioning and coherence of the many financial instruments of the Union vis-à-vis third countries. It was commissioned by the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission and was produced by a consortium led by the ECDPM’s Jean Bossuyt.

Source: www.euractiv.com