Q&A: Manservisi on Brexit, budgets, and the EU Trust Fund for Africa

Stefano Manservisi, director-general at European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. Photo by: Michael Nagle / ODI / CC BY-NC

BRUSSELS — Ahead of the European Development Days in Brussels this week, Stefano Manservisi, director-general of the European Commission’s development department, walked Devex through the latest on the European Union’s 2021-27 budget negotiations, as the commission pushes for the bloc’s overseas spending to be streamlined into a single funding instrument — with potential consequences for U.K.-EU development cooperation after Brexit.

He also talked about the fate of the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and his own plans to leave the commission after 36 years to “think, write, and be critical.”

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    Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.