European Development Fund and Joint Parliamentary Assembly – the best tools for poor countries’ development and the EU-ACP dialogue?

20. May 2010 (All day)
Czech Republic

Workshop for CSOs

Organizers: Prague Global Policy Institute - GLOPOLIS and Centre for Studies of International Economic Relations at Metropolitan University Prague

20 May 2010, 14:00 – 17:15


Part I: ACP – EU cooperation (14:00 – 15:00)

1.35 years anniversary of the ACP’s establishment (1975 Georgetown agreement) and cooperation with the EC since the Rome Treaty - the results and the way forward after 2010.

2.  ACP countries as a separate group within the Developing Countries category – usefulness of the approach

15 minutes break

Part II: Policy debate on European Development Fund and Joint Parliamentary Assembly  (15:15 – 17: 15)

1. European Development Fund

Is the European Development Fund the right tool for the development of the ACP countries (tied aid and direct budget support conundrums; administrative costs requirements;  discrimination of New member states and Civil Society ...); the EDF and Czech Republic

2. The role and relevance of Joint Parliamentary Assembly

 It is supposed to be a Consultative body to promote democratic processes through dialogue and consultation and to organize regular contacts with representatives of the ACP EU economic and social partners and the other actors of civil society.