Q&A: Time for real political dialogue, says new EU Parliament development chair

Tomas Tobé, new chair of the European Parliament development committee. Photo by: European Union

BRUSSELS — The new chair of the European Parliament’s development committee wants to shake things up. Four months into the job, Tomas Tobé, a Swedish member of the center-right European People’s Party — one of the transnational political groupings that make up the European Parliament — told Devex he is in talks with the Parliament’s secretariat on how to convert the regular exchange-of-views meetings with the European Commission and other development actors from a “seminar” into a real “political dialogue.”

“I want to create an atmosphere where you can actually ask some hard questions and get some hard answers back.”

— Tomas Tobé, chair, European Parliament development committee

Devex sat down with Tobé in his Brussels office earlier this month for his first interview as chair of the DEVE committee, the Parliament’s main body responsible for scrutinizing the work of the commission’s development and humanitarian departments.

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    Vince Chadwick

    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.