Reform of the European Institutions
The European institutions are in the process
of reforming the political and institutional structures dealing
with external relations and development. The aim is to bring greater
consistency and efficiency in the EU's foreign policy. But where
will development fit?
Within the Commission the programming and implementation of nearly
all European development actions have recently been moved under
the direct responsibility of the Commissioner for External Relations.
There is ample confirmation that the completion of the process,
to submerge 'development' under external relations, is due to take
place in 2003 or 2004. At this time the political portfolio of the
Commission of Development will have become irrelevant since he will
function under direct surveillance of the Commissioner for External
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Council, Javier Solana,
has expressed the view that the Development Council could and should
be abolished - and development issues can be dealt with by the General
Will there continue to be space for a development policy, which
is based on its own independent development policy objectives? Or
will development policy be made subordinate to foreign policy?