EU Global Player presents
an independent focus on the way in which the European Union presents
itself in various areas of policy as a global player. It provides
in-depth background information on key areas of concern in European
Union external relations and includes positions and proposals
as to how European Union North-South
policy can be improved.
The European Union is the
largest economic block by any measure. Nevertheless, the economic
power of the EU has not been matched by adequate political influence
in international relations and in development co-operation.
The European Union is increasingly
becoming aware of this weakness and the EU's external relations
are progressively becoming an important aspect of common European
As a global player the European
Union has responsibilities to contribute to development and to the
elimination of poverty around the globe. While the European Union
strengthens its policies in external relations, the developmental
aspect should continue to be a fundamental part of these.
There is a fundamental lack
in transparency concerning the decisions taken in this area.
This website provides a series
of analyses dealing with these concerns. The objective of this site
is to contribute to a debate on how the European Union can contribute
more constructively to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
in 2015 aiming at a substantial reduction of poverty around the