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European development think tanks launch website

The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), which includes five leading European think tanks working on international development and humanitarian issues, has launched a new website. This resource features the latest thinking from some 350 researchers who share a commitment to global welfare and good policy-making and covers all aspects of international development and humanitarian policy.

Website – ETTG

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High-level EU multi-stakeholder SDG platform launched

European Commission has launched its high level multi-stakeholder platform on the UN SDGs, bringing together stakeholders to support the Commission's work. Platform members agreed at the inaugural meeting to work on a joint contribution to the Commission's Reflection Paper 'Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030,' announced in the Commission's 2018 Work Programme, for adoption later this year. Platform members identified priorities for future discussion, including mainstreaming the SDGs into the EU’s future Multiannual Financial Framework, generating both inclusive and sustainable growth, and monitoring and reporting on SDG progress.

Press release – EU

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European Commission releases interim evaluation of Horizon 2020

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the Interim Evaluation of its Horizon 2020 research program. The Communication documents lessons learned and how the EC intends to act on: investing more ambitiously (increasing research funding); continuing simplification; improving support for breakthrough innovation; increasing impact through mission-orientation and citizen involvement; increasing synergies with other EU programs; strengthening international cooperation; reinforcing openness; and better “rationalizing” the funding landscape.

Website - EU

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Debate on EU MFF design highlights importance of research, innovation, and European public goods

In a high-level European Union (EU) conference on the next EU multi-year annual financial framework (MFF), key decision-makers agreed that: MFF objectives and aims should be decided before volume discussions; the current target of 1.1% of GDP for EU member state contributions should be met or increased by all member states; ‘value added’ is an essential decision-making principle; and European public goods should be a focus of priorities.

Several speakers, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger, spoke in favor of increasing funding for research and innovation.

Conference website and video links – European Commission

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EU launches consultation on research and innovation funding with survey open to public

The European Commission has launched a consultation on “EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market”, which includes the next phase of the EU's framework program for R&D. The very brief survey seeks input regarding what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to respond. The survey is open until March 8, 2018.

Website – EU

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African and EU parliamentarians recommend priority areas for policy action

In the joint declaration of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, Pan-African and European parliamentarians have called on heads of state and governments to take action in the following eleven areas: youth; gender equality and empowerment of women; migration; peace and security; electrification and infrastructure development; natural resources, environment and climate change; human development; diaspora; trade and investment; international cooperation and partnership; and democracy, governance, and human rights.

Abidjan Declaration – Africa-EU partnership

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EU institutions agree on 2018-2019 legislative priorities

The three European Union (EU) institutions – Commission, Council, and Parliament – have agreed on the EU's legislative priorities for 2018 to 2019. Thirty-one new legislative proposals to be tabled by the commission will be given priority treatment by the Parliament and Council by the time of the European Parliament elections in 2019.

There are seven priority areas: citizen security; migration policy; boosting jobs, growth, and investment; addressing the EU social dimension; implementing a Digital Single Market; Energy Union and climate change; and democratic legitimacy at EU level.

Press release – EU

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EU to provide Niger with €1 billion in aid by 2020

Over the coming three years, the EU will provide €1 billion in development assistance to Niger to support good governance, security, justice-system reform, efforts to combat irregular migration and trafficking, and strengthening state capacities in social policies and social service delivery, with particular attention to gender equality, girl's empowerment, and education and demographic control. The assistance was jointly planned with the Nigerien government to help implement the country’s 2017 to 2021 Economic and Social Development Plan.

Press release – European Commission

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European Commission kicks off EU approach to ACP negotiation

The European Commission has presented its recommendations to the Council of the EU for opening negotiations with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states (ACP). The Commission recommendation seeks to modernize the partnership, going beyond development policy to address common interests in democracy and human rights, economic growth and investment, climate change, poverty eradication, peace and security, and migration. In early 2018, EU member states will need to agree on a suitable mandate for EU-ACP talks in September.

Press release – European Commission

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ECDPM publishes dossier on gender perspective in development cooperation

The European Centre on Development Policy and Management (ECDPM) has collected its work on gender and development cooperation in a new dossier. The dossier seeks to lend a gender perspective to a range of topics in international development policy, with a focus on 1) peace and security, 2) business, trade and finance, and 3) agriculture, nutrition, and climate change. It also includes an 'other' category with research on engaging boys and men in gender equality initiatives, and gender-related budgeting in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Newsletter and website – ECDPM

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