On 3-4 June 2015 in Brussels, European Development Days (EDD) took place. This periodic international forum is dedicated to development and cooperation across the world. It is attended by heads of state and government, representatives of EU institutions and the UN, as well as representatives of civil society, the private sector and academia. This year's edition of EDD was the flagship event of the European Year for Development 2015, whose motto is: “Our world, our dignity, our future”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland was represented by Undersecretary of State Konrad Pawlik who participated in one of the discussion panels, entitled “How can cooperation development effectively fight corruption and promote good governance?”. The panel – held under the auspices of the European Parliament – was also attended by MEPs, i.e. Charles Goerens, Elly Schlein and Davor Stier (moderator), and also Achim Steiner (UNEP), Mariyam Shiuna (Transparency International Maldives), Heather Marquette (University of Birmingham) and Edgleison Rodrigues (Youth Monitoring of Public Policies).
The panellists discussed the impact of corruption on the pace of development of societies and economies, and also the best ways of fighting corruption. Minister Pawlik stressed actions, which have been carried out to date under Polish development cooperation, to support the fight against corruption in Eastern Partnership countries, including particularly Ukraine. He indicated that ensuring equal access to high-quality education, which will not only allow for building awareness on adverse effects of corruption, but will also lead to emergence of future political, economic and social elites, is one of the main ways to fight corruption at its core. Minister Pawlik stated that building a properly trained civil service is a good example of supporting actions to fight corruption. To this end, Poland supports Eastern Partnership countries by holding, among others, training programmes at the Eastern Partnership Academy of Public Administration.
The two-day event featured meetings, workshops and conferences on various development cooperation aspects. They were attended by, among others, Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), Melinda Gates (Founder of the Bill & Melinda Bates Foundation), Sam Kutesa (President of the 69th UN General Assembly). Information on the main events of European Development Days can be found at www.eudevdays.eu.
On the fringe of EDD, Minister Pawlik met with Matthias Ruete, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME).