As the Finns enter the final stretch of their EU Presidency, a review is in order of the achievements for development during the past six months as well as a look ahead with Germany in the starting blocks for its Presidency beginning in January. By Denise Auclair.
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The Finnish Presidency succeeded in putting the limelight on Policy Coherence for Development, looking to end the foot dragging on implementation of commitments made by the Council in May 2005 to ensure that the different EU policies contribute to, rather than undermine, development objectives. In this respect they were aided by a major conference in October entitled “Call for Coherence” organized by the Finnish coalition of development NGOs KEHYS ... ... this article has been published in our Issue 5 and can be accessed online by subscribers. For direct log in click >>> here.
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