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Friday, 12 February 2010

Linking EU Trade and Development Policies

Lessons from the ACP-EU trade negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements.The present study is part of a more comprehensive research project on ‘European policy for global development’ funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under. The project analyses the European Union’s capabilities to manage policy nexuses and looks particularly at new EU initiatives and instruments (aid effectiveness), the institutional setup (aid architecture) and the coherence for development. It approaches issues of coherence and coordination within the EU’s complex system of multi-level governance – encompassing the European as well as the Member State level – in the context of two thematic areas (‘trade’ and ‘security’) and their relation to development policy – as well as the challenge arising for Europe from emerging new actors in this field, in particular China. Focusing therefore on how to strengthen the EU’s policy for global development, the project’s point of departure is that the EU, while being a major actor in international relations, has not fully developed its political potential to shape global development. For this to happen, the EU should, among other things and specifically in the area of trade, (i) manage the nexus between its trade and development policies; (ii) improve the coherence within development policy; and finally, (iii) overcome the constraints resulting from the EU’s complex multilevel structure, involving multiple actors and spheres of competence.

Source: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)