Friday, 15 April 2016

Report: ETTG High Level Conference on The Future of EU External Action, Berlin, 1-2 March 2016

This report presents a summary of a high-level conference ‘The Future of EU External Action: Towards Integrated Policy Responses for Global Sustainable Development?, hosted by the ETTG on 1 and 2 March 2016, in Berlin.

The aim of the conference was to discuss the role of the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy and its linkage to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Debates during our conference confirmed that Europe’s strategy for long-term security and prosperity requires concerted action across the full range of EU external and internal policies – from trade, climate and development policy to security, defence, democracy and human rights. The Global Strategy provides a key opportunity to bring these various policy fields closer together with a view to supporting security and prosperity within Europe and globally.
Read the full report here. Highlights also appear in the Storify report.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Democracy, human rights and the EU Global Strategy

The EU Global Strategy offers a unique opportunity to (re)commit to making democracy and human rights a key priority of European Union (EU) external action and to reflect on how the EU’s instruments to promote these priorities could be strengthened. However, political interest in support of democracy and human rights currently appears to be at a low ebb across the EU. The latest ETTG briefing, The European Union’s Global Strategy: making support for democracy and human rights a key priority, argues that support for democracy and human rights is not just a question of values, but that it is in the EU’s own economic, security and geo-strategic interests. It shows that the EU is uniquely placed to pursue this agenda and gives concrete recommendations how the EU should reform its policies to support democracy and human rights.
Read the full briefing here.