The EU is the largest economic block by any measure.
Collectively it also has the greatest voting power in all the multilateral
institutions. It is, therefore, in a position to shape the global
macro-economic and political framework for national development
policies. Nevertheless, the economic and political power of the
EU has not been translated into real political influence in shaping
the enabling environment for sustainable social development.
EU Global Player examines the reasons for the lack of influence
of the EU in shaping conditions conducive to development. It is
argued that the EU could, and should, take greater responsibility
for poverty eradication by creating a macro-economic and political
framework for sustainable social development.
Based on thorough analysis of the development policies and practices
of the EU, and related policies, such as trade and investment, EU
Global Player offers concrete proposals as to how EU North-South
policies can be made more effective. It is argued that by placing
the objective of a coherent European North-South policy higher on
the political agenda, and through a radical reform of the Common
Agricultural Policy, more consistent policies can be achieved which
determine the overall economic framework for developing countries.
Mirjam van Reisen is a renowned development expert in European
Union policies based in Brussels working with various NGOs, Networks,
and the European Parliament. She is the author of several studies
related to EU North-South policy, among others the annual contributions
of Eurostep in the Reality
of Aid (published by Earthscan
in London) and Social
Watch (published by Instituto
Tercer Mundo in Montevideo).