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Summary of the seminar on the role of new EU member states in European development policy

An international seminar on the role of the new EU member states in the European development policy, co-organised by the MFA and the MFA of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, took place in Warsaw on April 18 and 19, 2007.

Day 1 of the seminar was devoted to the political dimension of development co-operation.

Koos Richelle, Director-General of EuropeAid Co-operation Office, the largest European aid agency, stressed in his speech that the policy of the new member states should fit into the broader framework of EU development policy and be based on the existing efficiency-oriented rules and values. Director of Development Co-operation Department, Jerzy Pomianowski, indicated that although assistance systems of the new member states are still under construction, the countries' experience in democratisation and transformation may enrich the scope of assistance offered by the European Union.

The second day of the seminar was marked by discussions on solutions related to institutional aspects of assistance systems. It was agreed that selection of assistance models may be seen from the perspective of appropriate employee selection as well as from the perspective of accessible legal instruments necessary to implement assistance activities.

The last part of the seminar was devoted to the relationship between governmental institutions of the new EU member states and other entities engaged in assistance activities, predominantly with reference to project implementation and raising public awareness of development assistance-related problems. A presentation on possibilities of co-operation with the private sector in project implementation (within the public-private partnership framework) constituted an interesting part of this part.

The large number of participants, including representatives of both governmental and non-governmental institutions, proves that the interest in the subject is broad and intense. The participants expressed hope that similar seminars would continue to be organised in the future.

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