Monday, 28 July 2014

Blog series: post every Monday

On 1 September, the European Think Tanks Group will publish a major report addressed to the new leadership of the European Union entitled Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action.

It calls for a new understanding of the EU’s global role, and in particular, a new approach to international development. The key message is that the EU’s ambitions for its own citizens – for prosperity, peace and environmental sustainability – cannot be divorced from its global responsibilities and opportunities. 

We identify five global challenges where we believe the EU has a comparative advantage to act and make a positive contribution to the world’s future.

These are: trade and international finance; environmental sustainability; peace and security; democracy and human rights; and, poverty and inequality.

In the run up to 1 September, we will be publishing a blog each Monday setting out the context of these five global challenges. Today’s blog, the first in our series, examines peace, security and state fragility

March 2013 conflict IDPS North Kivu, DRC European Commission DG ECHO

The full report on 1 September will put forward recommendations for the EU’s engagement in each of these areas and propose organisational and structural changes to enhance the EU’s performance. We believe that this will involve creating a truly integrated, but flexible approach across institutions, and stronger political leadership to enable complex linkages between today’s global challenges and agendas.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

EVENT: Reconciling EU Interests and Values - A new vision for global development

The European Think Tanks Group in collaboration with Friends of Europe are delighted to invite you to participate in the policy insight entitled: Reconciling EU Interests and Values: A new vision for Global Development. The event will be held on Wednesday 10 September 2014 in Brussels.


As the process of appointing a new EU leadership team gets underway, now is the time for new and sustained initiatives on longer-term challenges which will shape both European and global welfare in the years to come.

In a rapidly changing and interdependent world, Europe’s new leaders need to adopt a global perspective in European policy-making, a new understanding of the EU’s global role, and in particular, a new approach to international development. Do Europe’s new leaders recognise the need for a new global strategy that links internal and external action? How can Europe’s policymakers ensure there will be a greater commitment to collective action at EU level? Is there a readiness to connect new ways of working with new systems and processes? Does the European Think Tank Group's 2014 report Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problem need global solutions and global problems need European action offer the sort of answers needed?


Stephan Auer, Director for Multilateral Relations and Global Issues, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Elmar Brok MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, European Commission Director General for Development and Cooperation
Teshome Toga Chanaka*, Ambassador of the Mission of Ethiopia to the EU
Simon Maxwell, European Think Tanks Group
Linda McAvan MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Development
Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador for Trade and Development and Head of the Ministry’s Task Force for the Global Partnership for Effective Development, the Netherlands
* to be confirmed

Please visit the Friends of Europe website for the full programme, latest speaker updates and logistical details.

If you can't make it then, tune into the livestream.


12.00-12.30 Registration of participants and sandwich lunch

12.30-14.00 Policy Insight


To register, please click here.

You will receive a confirmation of your registration prior to the event. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The European Think Tanks Group and Friends of Europe

The European Think Tanks Group brings together four leading European Think Tanks: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE) and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Friends of Europe is a membership-driven think tank but is pleased to offer non-members invitations to sample up to two Friends of Europe events free of charge. Thereafter, Friends of Europe reserves the right to request membership for further attendance. If your organisation is not yet a member of Friends of Europe, click here to find out all the different membership information and advantages.