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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

European Development Days in Warsaw on 15-16th December 2011

The annual European Development days (EDDs) – have been launched today by the Polish Presidency, Under-Secretary of State, Krzysztof Stanowski and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This year, the EDDs will focus on democracy and development in the wake of the recent Arab Spring events and the proposals of the European Commission for a new EU development policy.

Speaking on a visit to Warsaw, Commissioner Piebalgs confirmed that the conference would take place in Warsaw from the 15th – 16th December. Now in their sixth year, the EDDs have become a key event on the international development calendar and a major political discussion forum which bring together current and former Heads of State and Government from Europe and many other parts of the world, especially from Africa, as well as academics, media and civil society.

Speaking at the launch Commissioner Piebalgs said: "The events across North Africa this year have confirmed that economic and social development has to go hand in hand with democratic development. The European Development Days will be a key opportunity to bring together leading voices on development from across the world to feed the EU development agenda and improve our impact. This year Warsaw will host the event and I am looking forward to discuss Polish experiences in transition from authoritarian regime to democratic, free-market society. These lessons can be very fruitful elsewhere in the world. " […]

Polish President, Bronisław Komorowski, and Commission President, Jose-Manuel Barroso, will deliver a keynote speech at the opening of the two-day conference. They are expected to be joined by Radosław Sikorski, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, and Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament. More high-profile speakers will be announced ahead of the event.

Source: European Commission