Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Understanding EU Development Cooperation: Brochure and RPP Seminar

European Council # Council of the EU # Council of Europe???

The Austrian EU platform has recently printed a very useful publication on “Understanding EU Development Cooperation”. The brochure gives a good overview and explanations on the EU development cooperation structures and procedures. It is available for download at: http://www.eu-platform.at/english/start.asp?showmenu=yes&fr=&b=805&ID=14032 If you would like to order a hardcopy or obtain the rights to use the raw version for a publication in your own language, please write to Claudia Bonk: office@eu-platform.at

In the framework of the Regional Partnership Programme (RPP), the Austrian EU platform held a seminar on ‘Understanding EU Development Cooperation’ in Vienna on 13 and 14 June 2007 . 22 people coming from NGOs from the different RPP countries (CZ, SK, H, SLO, A) participated in the seminar. Experts from the Austrian EU-Platform gave a comprehensive overview of the functioning of the European Union and Community. They explained the different institutions and bodies, their functions and influence as well as informed on the processes between the institutions regarding legislation, programming and budgeting. After a substantial introduction on the functioning of EU development cooperation, the participants were also informed about the possibilities and importance of NGOs to actively involve themselves in the EU development cooperation policies e.g. by participating in the European network CONCORD.

Source: http://www.eu-platform.at; http://www.regionalpartnership.at

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