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Lisbon Treaty and EU Development Cooperation

New treaty - new policy for development?

Three months ago, in December 2009, the Lisbon Treaty came into force. What difference will this make for European Union development co-operation and humanitarian assistance? Mirjam van Reisen identifies the changes in the legal framework and interprets what difference this will make for the policy in practice. Despite some progress, she concludes, many problems remain.


In December 2002 the European Union started a new round of negotiations on the EU Treaty. This followed the conclusion by the European Council in Laeken in 2001. The reason for the new Treaty was the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 with 10 new Member States. The hope then was that the new Treaty would be agreed before the enlargement in 2004. Who would have thought it would take until the end of 2009 for the Treaty to get into force? ...

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