European Development Days kick off on Monday
The 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) will take place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December. Organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is the leading European forum where the questions and issues about international development cooperation are debated.
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will deliver speeches at the opening ceremony (Monday, 9.00 am) and will be participating in various panels during the event (view detailed programme).
Commissioner Piebalgs stressed that “The European Development Days are a landmark event in the European development calendar and Europe’s foremost platform for dialogue and exchange on development issues. It provides a unique opportunity for development actors to debate and share ideas; it provides a channel for the public to discover music, art, and films from the developing world. This year’s edition of the European Development Days takes place at a crucial time when development policy is evolving in response to the EU's new institutional set-up and the current global context.”
During the European Development Days you can visit exhibitions, watch fashion show, participate in award ceremonies and simply meet interesting people (view public programme).