Senior EU officials attending Wednesday’s launch (recording available) of the European Think Tanks Group’s report “Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action” agreed with the report’s call for more integrated, comprehensive EU global action.
The European Commission Director General for Development and Cooperation said the new Commission structure, adopted on the same day, seeks to address this issue through clusters of Commissioners responsible for specific policy areas, such as development, who will work closely together and under the guidance of the EC Vice-President/EU High Representative (a recommendation of the ETTG report).
The Director for Multilateral Relations and Global Issues at the European External Action Service said the report reflects his own view that the EU has to overcome silo thinking, draw on all its available tools (policies, finance, etc) and speak with one voice to have a role on the global stage. The Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs said the new EC organigramme is the best way of organising the institution and will provide synergy effects.
We have two recordings available - the first above is in higher quality. The second below is of the entire meeting, with questions from the floor, from our livestream that was on the day.