EU 27 Directors General for International Cooperation Meeting, June 13-14, 2024, Brussels

The European Union Directors General for International Cooperation Meeting (EU DG meeting) took place on June 13-14, 2024, in Brussels. Greece was represented by Deputy Director General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Eleni Nicolaidou, Expert Minister Counsellor.

The DG Meeting took place at a time that requires forward looking reflections on which kind of international partnerships EU wants, and how to adapt the narrative, instruments and strategies to make EU partnerships work. A new European Parliament has just been elected and a new Commission will soon be installed. The June European Council is expected to adopt the Strategic Agenda 2024-2029, which will define EU priorities for the next five years, steering its work and providing guidance for EU institutions, including on coherent and influential external action.

A changing geopolitical context has an impact on EU relations with partner countries. On the EU offer side, new strategies (Global Gateway), tools (guarantees) and enhanced coordination (Team Europe Initiatives) impact international partnerships.

Directors General had the opportunity to discuss the following topics:

  • How is EU – and its Member States – being perceived by partner countries?
  • What are the parameters for developing mutually beneficial partnerships?
  • What can/should EU and MS bring to the table in the upcoming major – high level – events at multilateral level and future summits?
  • What are EU’s collective strengths and weaknesses in working with partner countries?
  • How can the EU build trust with its partner countries?
  • Are EU tools and instruments fit for purpose?
  • Are the current EU tools and instruments fit for purpose in fragile contexts?
  • How can the EU develop a more strategic approach in identifying and implementing NDICI programs and Global Gateway flagship projects
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