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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Structured dialogue: civil society takes role in development policy

The Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zsolt Németh welcomed the Commission’s initiative to issue a communication on involving civil society and local authorities in the formation of development policy. Németh was speaking at the plenary session of the conference on “structured dialogue” for strengthening of EU international development policy, on 17 May 2011.The conference was part of the Hungarian Presidency’s programme. Structured dialogue was initiated by Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, in May 2010 with the aim to form and make EU development policy more efficient, by involving and considering the needs of civil organisations and local authorities. During the final conference of the series of events on 17 May 2011, Andris Piebalgs appreciated the Hungarian Presidency’s efforts for organising the event. He stressed that several developing societies reached a new chapter in the past period, and civil societies and local authorities play a key role in establishing and maintaining democracy, good governance and the rule of law; as well as in securing human rights. Mr Piebalgs announced:based on the experiences of structured dialogue, the Commission will issue a communication on the involvement of civil societies and local authorities in EU development policy. The Commissioner added:the aid delivery mechanism will be simplified, and a centre will be built in Brussels to facilitate the continuation of the dialogue.

Source: Hungarian Presidency