Online international workshop on the "Evolution of the EU’s International Partnerships" at the College of Europe in Natolin

Prof. Pascaline WINAND, Director of Studies in the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and Dr Sebastian STEINGASS, Senior Academic Assistant, recently organised an international workshop entitled "The Evolution of the EU’s International Partnerships: Exploring the Impact of Development Policy on the EU’s International Relations".

The aim of this exploratory workshop was to assess how and in what ways the evolution of the EU’s development cooperation has shaped the international relations of the EU over time and within wider international processes. The European Union seeks to adjust its external policies to the shifting international challenges such as sustainable development, defending multilateralism, migration and, most recently, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. International development cooperation has long been a crucial tool of the EU’s international relations to react to such challenges with a long tradition, independent financial means and shared competences between the EU institutions and member states. The contributions to the workshop explore the longer-term effects on the EU’s international relations in the light of these current challenges.

This international, interdisciplinary workshop took place online on 4 December 2020 and was hosted by the European Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the College of Europe in Natolin. The event involved leading scholars of EU international cooperation and development policy. This preparatory workshop will be followed up by a public conference at the College of Europe in Natolin in 2021.

You can find the programme of the workshop here.