The OCTs are 25 countries and territories, which have special links with one of the following Member States: Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The relation between the EU and the OCTs is based on EU law, not on the constitutional law of the Member State. For instance, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon was previously an overseas department under French constitutional law, but has always been considered an OCT under EU law (and not an outermost region). Their nationals are in principle EU citizens.
Reducing disparities between people, promoting sustainable development, addressing climate change and advancing higher education and research are the main objectives of the EU’s cooperation with the 18 Latin American countries.
Region-wide programmes in these sectors are open to all Latin American countries, including Cuba. Latin American countries benefit from bi-lateral assistance. The EU is also delivering aid to regional groups - MERCOSUR, the Andean Community of Nations and Central America.
The EU and Central Asia have shown a growing mutual interest in closer political and economic relations. EU's cooperation with the region covers five countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. There is political dialogue and cooperation at both regional and national levels.
Development assistance focuses on good governance, higher education, vocational education and training, promotion of economic development, sustainable energy, environmental sustainability and water, as well as on combating common threats and challenges.
Europe has strong historic and cultural ties with the Caribbean region, and a long tradition of close cooperation. The EU's relations with Caribbean countries are based on political relations, trade and development funding at both national and regional levels. The ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement in 2000, signed by 15 Caribbean nations, is the framework for cooperation.
EU cooperation with Asia, a region of diverse incomes, is at country and regional levels. The bulk of EU funding is allocated to assist sustainable development of the poorest countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Myanmar/Burma.
The EU’s most comprehensive development cooperation partnership is with African (sub-Saharan), Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations. It dates back to the founding of the European Community in 1957.
Several complementary policy and cooperation frameworks govern EU relations with African countries. Meanwhile, Africa is also pursuing its political and economic integration at the continental level. Both continents therefore decided to put their relations on a new footing and adopted the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) in 2007.
The Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) has a key role to play in the European Commission’s external relations and development policies. Its main purpose is to implement most of the Commission’s external assistance instruments. This vital task requires DEVCO to deliver the EU’s aid budget in an open and accountable fashion.
EuropeAid implements programmes and projects around the world, wherever assistance is needed. We tailor our support to fit the region or country being helped. Programmes with a global reach allow the EU to provide similar support to countries facing similar problems.
EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, we promote good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.
The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world.
DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low income countries and upper middle income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.
DG DEVCO is responsible for formulating European Union development policy and thematic policies in order to reduce poverty in the world, to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental development and to promote democracy, the rule of law, good governance and the respect of human rights, notably through external aid. We foster coordination between the European Union and its Member States in the area of development cooperation and ensure the external representation of the European Union in this field.
The DG is headed by Fernando Frutuoso de Melo.
Since October 2008, the MAFE project (Migration between Africa and Europe), funded by FP7, brought together ten teams from Europe and Africa under a research project aiming at :
The final conference of the project is organised at the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (Paris, France) from 12 to 14 December. Under the title "Comparative and Multi-sited Approaches to International Migration", it will be the occasion to hear about the results of the analysis of the MAFE data, while opening up discussions to other parts of the world.
It is increasingly recognized that explanations of the causes and consequences of international migration need to pay attention to processes in origin, destination and transit countries. However, research on international migration often remains highly geographically-specific - seen only from the perspective of either the sending or the receiving country, but rarely from both. Furthermore, quantitative analysis of international migration is rarely comparative, reflecting the fact that much migration data is available only at national, rather than cross-national level.
The objective of this conference is to promote a multi-sited and comparative approach to international migration, bringing together researchers and research evidence from different parts of the world. The conference will focus on quantitative approaches to international migration that deal simultaneously with processes in places of origin and destination.
University Foundation, Rue d'Egmont 11, Brussels
The AUGUR consortium presented the main results of over three years of multidisciplinary research, namely four scenarios for Europe in the world of 2030. These scenarios were created according to developments which could occur in the spheres of economics, finance and politics, and taking into account environmental and demographic predictions.
The event was public and not just limited to the scientific community. It consisted of panel discussions involving researchers who have been directly involved or have collaborated on the AUGUR project, but also journalists and policy actors.
The conference was an opportunity to debate the immediate policy implications brought about by the research, at a moment when the very existence of the European Union is challenged both economically and politically.
AUGUR editorial meeting of final report and debate on the future of the Eurozone
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, 27 rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris
This meeting is restricted to those involved in the AUGUR project; however, interested parties should contact Mariama Cottrant: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the frame of the EU research project WWWforEurope, the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) has launched a Call for Papers for the conference on "Modelling Growth and Socio-Ecological Transition", Vienna, 12-13 March 2013.
The aim of the WWWforEurope conference on Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transition is to promote the exchange of ideas among researchers active in the broad field of applied modelling, taking into account smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The availability of models incorporating the social and the environmental dimension is an important prerequisite to objectively and realistically evaluate the potential consequences of a socio-ecological transition.
An event hosted by the The European Foresight Platform (EFP) in cooperation with the Institut Français Vienne
Institute Français, Währingerstr. 32, 1090 Vienna
September 27–28, 2012
You can register here
Registration will be closed on September 14th 2012.
12.00 Welcoming Lunch
13.00 Welcome, Guillaume Rousson (IFV), Domenico Rossetti & Perla Srour-Gondon (European Commission)
13.15 Intro to the Conference Susanne Giesecke, AIT
13.30 Roundtable I: The Role of Forward Looking Activities for Governing Transitions
Discussion with experts across sectors and regions
Grand Challenges – what are they, how can they be defined? Grand Challenges at EFP (Annelieke v.d. Giessen (TNO, Netherlands)/Susanne Giesecke (AIT, Austria)) in co-operation with the VERA project Philine Warnke (FhG-ISI)
EU approach to Grand Challenges and the transformation of the European Society – Active and healthy aging: the interdependence between national RTI priority setting and Grand Challenges at EU level.
- The case of the UK: Ian Miles (UniMan, UK)
- The case of Finland: Totti Könnölä (impetu solution, Spain/Finland)
- Transition Management: From FLA to policy implementationMatthias Weber (AIT, Austria)
- How to shape Foresight to influence actor behavior? Katharina Jarmai (AIT, Austria)
15.30 Coffee break
15.45 Roundtable 1 continued: Looking beyond Europe Is there a global perspective? Chair: Mark Boden (IPTS)
- Australia: Ron Johnston (Australian Center for Innovation)
- India: Rakesh Kapoor (Alternative Futures)
- Argentina: Miguel Lengyel (FLACSO, Argentina, tbc)
17.45 Rapporteurs‘ Summary
18.15 End of day I
19.00 Networking Dinner at the “Unibräu” Altes AKH, Alser Straße 4, 1090 Wien
9.00 Keynote : Is there a feminist view on the future? Marie-Anne Delahaut, (Millennia2015, The Destree Institute, Belgium)
09.45 Parallel Session 1: Wither FLA? Academic discipline or leadership art?
Chair and impulse: Ruben Nelson (Foresight Canada)
Juha Kaskinen (FFRC Turku, Finland),
Peter Bishop (University of Houston, USA),
Gloria Wilkinson (Oxford University)
09.45 Parallel Session 2: FLA as a mediator between science, society and policy making Chair: Nicolas de Menthiére (IRSTEA)
Denis Lacroix (IFREMER), Jack Smith (University of Ottawa), Torsti Loikkanen (VTT Finland), Bill Donavan (UK Environment Agency, tbc), Olivier Mora (INRA, Prosper Network France)
11.45 Coffee break
12.00 Plenary session: Rapporteurs‘ summary
12.20 EFP: Looking back and looking forward
Farewell and lunch
12.45 Perspectives on EU forward-looking activities Domenico Rossetti (European Commission)
14.00 End of part I of the conference
14.00-16.00 Part II –Part II – Young Researcher‘s Session: PhD and Master students present their work on FLA related research (Petcha Kutcha, Prezi, Poster presentations etc. welcome)
Peter Bishop (University of Houston), Peter Biegelbauer (AIT), Ron Johnston (Australian Center for Innovation) as Senior Commentators
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