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The EU Presidency Outlook for Development

From the Czech Republic to Sweden

Sweden takes over the EU Presidency from the Czech Republic during a crucial period for the renewal of EU institutions, and for EU leadership on issues impacting development. The Czech presidency’s EU agenda was already hit by the financial crisis well before its own government fell apart. The Swedish presidency now enters the summer with the financial and economic crisis and climate change at the top of its priorities. By Denise Auclair


With leadership from larger Member States France and Germany, the EU prepared a common position for the London G20 summit in April. With Development Ministers only scheduled to meet in May, the Czech presidency worked informally to include development concerns in the G20 position. However, the impression was generally of difficulty by Development Ministers to influence their Finance Minister colleagues, meeting regularly and taking the lead on the G20 process ...

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