The main focus of the conference was a reflexion on the outcomes of the interaction between “new” and “old” member states of the European Union in a larger political and societal context. The participants discussed the development cooperation policies of the new member states as well as specificities of their aid, and the influence of the EU development policy on the “newcomers”. Moreover, special attention was paid to the reflection of the development policies in the national and European public opinion, NGO sector, political life and other aspects. In the final part of the conference participants delivered critical assessment of the development policies of the new member states, their effectiveness and current evolution of the EU development policies. The conference was attended by representatives from the NGO sector from EU12 countries, scholars, research institutes as well as representatives from UNDP and the European Commission.
The outcomes of the conference will be summarized in a peer-reviewed monograph, which will be published in 2012.
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Enclosed picture:Julius Norvila, Evelin Andrespok and Peterka Timofejevs Henriksson discussing development assistance from Baltic States
Information provided by Petra Krylová, Palacký University in Olomouc