European Commission Seeks Public Input for Development Policy Reform

Andris Piebalgs, European commissioner for development, speaks at a side event of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit in New York on Sept. 20, 2010. The European Commission has launched a consultation to seek public input on how the European Union can best support developing countries’ pursuit of the MDGs. Photo by: European Union

The European Commission has launched a public consultation that aims to explore how the European Union can best support developing countries’ efforts toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The consultation is open to all interested stakeholders within the EU and from the bloc’s partner developing countries. It will run from Nov. 17, 2010, through Jan. 17, 2011.

Individuals, organizations and governments interested in joining the consultation are encouraged to read the green paper on EU development policy released recently by European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Contributions to the consultation process are expected to be submitted as answers or general comments to the issues raised in the green paper, which will be available online.

The paper sets questions around four key objectives that will be collectively pursued by the EU and its member countries. These include ensuring the high impact of EU development policy, promoting more inclusive growth in developing countries, promoting sustainable development, and achieving long-term results in agriculture and food security.

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Ideas and opinions received through the consultation will be taken into account in a European Commission proposal for modernizing European development policy. This proposal, along will other policy initiatives, is due to released in the second half of 2011.

Contributions should be sent through Questions regarding the consultation process may be directed to the same address or to the European Commission’s Brussels office.

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