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European Year of Development 2015

2015 is a special year for development. It is the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union’s external action and Europe’s role in the world. For development organisations all over Europe it is an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Europe’s commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to inspire more Europeans to get engaged and involved in development. 2015 is also the year in which the Millennium Development Goals that the world agreed to reach in 2000, and in which the international community will agree on the future global framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development[…]

New Book: “European Commission 2004-2014: A Testimony by the President with selected documents”

José Manuel Barroso published the book “European Commission 2004-2014: A Testimony by the President with selected documents”. Jose Manuel Durão Barroso has been President of the European Commission since 2004. In this book Jose Manuel Durão Barroso gives a personal testimony of his mandate, which ends on 31 October 2014. It also contains a selection of his speeches, photos and documents which illustrate the Commission’s work in the last 10 years (EUBookshop, 2014). Read an extract from its introduction […]

July 2014 in Europe…

Italy has taken over the the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. The presidency trio programme (Italy, Latvia and Luxemburg: from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2015) […]

1st European Union Integrity System Report published by Transparency International

The Brussels office of Transparency International issued its first “assessment of corruption risks across 10 EU institutions” on 24 April. Full text. The launch press release is at this link. A launch conference takes place on 29 April (programme). The EU Integrity System Project assesses how “EU institutions deal with ethics, how they ensure transparency and accountability, and how they ultimately prevent corruption risks.” Project homepage.