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Civilian Perspective or Security Strategy?

10.11.2005: European Development Policy Confronting New Challenges in Foreign and Security Policy.


With the beginning of the new century European development policy faces new challenges due to redefined European foreign and security interests. Military interventions in situations of crisis and conflict are increasing and shape the cooperation between development and security policy actors. The European Security Strategy (ESS) signed in December 2003 and the Treaty for a new European Constitution are providing the revised strategic framework by identifying new threats to security and defining the common interests and objectives of EU foreign policy.

European development policy currently faces strategic challenges in outlining its position and activities vis-à-vis the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Increasingly development action is measured against its contribution to the common foreign, economic and security interests of the enlarged EU. Therefore, development policy has to underline its comparative strengths in providing country expertise and operational experience to position itself as an independent player amongst other foreign policies. No other policy field compares to its vast experience in civil conflict prevention and the stabilization of societies in crisis. In order to remain politically independent development policy needs to change conceptually and institutionally as well as to increase its coherence and efficiency. The future role of development policy will depend on the outcomes of the political reorientation as expressed i.e. by the presentation of the EU Commission proposal for a new Development Policy Statement in July 2005.

These questions have been discussed at a conference organized in Berlin in November 2004 and are now re- flected in the contributions to this documentation. It contains statements and documents presented at the Berlin conference as well as the European Security Strategy as reference document.


  • The European Security Strategy as a response to new challenges in EU foreign and security policy
  • Civilian perspective or security policy - which role for development policy?
  • The reform of European development policy — what has been achieved, what remains to be done?
  • Closing the gap between ambitions and reality — improving EC capacity to deliver on development and security policy
  • Poverty-oriented in the long term? The relation between development and security policy judged from a civil society view
  • Political dialogue or conditionality? Lessons from the Cotonou Agreement
  • Financing security objectives from national and European development budgets — a critical analysis

Die 64-seitige Dokumentation einer gemeinsamen Tagung von terre des hommes, Weed und Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung kann hier online bestellt werden. Unten auch kostenlos als pdf downloadbar.

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