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The new EU Development Agenda: Promise or Fig Leaf?


Monday, 04 July 2005

The new EU Development Agenda: Promise or Fig Leaf?

The European Council has endorsed on June 17 2005 the raft of measures intended to strengthen the EU’s role in the fight against poverty. These EU commitments offer leadership in the run up to the meeting of world leaders in New York on 14-16 September 2005. The EU has promised a great deal. But will it really deliver on those promises?
Indeed these nice words come at a time when European institutions cannot agree on a clearly defined legal instrument that unreservedly targets global poverty for the years 2007-2013. Eurostep believes that "On the basis of recent legal opinions, this can only be done with a distinct, separate instrument for the EU’s co-operation with developing countries based on Treaty article 179."