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Denmark’s participation in EU development cooperation

Join Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach and Minister for Trade and European Affairs Nick Hækkerup in the launch of a strategic framework for Denmark’s participation in EU development cooperation.

Father plays with his son while his wife watches a theatre play put on for the local women in the village.

Father plays with his son while his wife watches a theatre play put on for the local women in the village.

Photo: Mikkel Østergaard/Danida

On Wednesday 2 October, Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach and Minister for Trade and European Affairs Nick Hækkerup will launch a completely new initiative, namely a strategic framework for Denmark’s participation in EU development cooperation: “Together for a better world”. This will take place at an event organised at Borups Folk High School, where those present will have the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of EU development cooperation in general and Denmark’s engagement and priorities in the cooperation.

Denmark has a clear interest in strong European cooperation in a world where global competition poses challenges and is becoming increasingly sharper. The EU is a key platform and partner for Denmark in the development field, and it is precisely for this reason that the first ever strategic framework for Denmark’s participation in EU development cooperation is being launched. Denmark will seek to ensure that the EU positions itself as a relevant and key global actor able to deliver significant results – because a strong EU also means a strong Denmark in international development cooperation. The new strategic framework focuses on three priorities where Denmark can contribute to ensuring a versatile, effective and flexible development policy that benefits the world’s poor: 1) human rights, 2) fragile states and 3) green growth.

At the event, there will be presentations and debate, with contributors including Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Trade and European Affairs Nick Hækkerup, researchers from the Danish Institute for International Studies, politicians and representatives from both civil society and the EU.

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