EU Presidency Support
The European Union is presided over by a different member state every six months. During this time, the national CSO platform of the country concerned has the unique opportunity to influence EU development policy and priorities.
TRIALOG has been offering different levels of support to the platforms in the EU13 countries that have held the presidency, starting with Slovenia in the first half of 2008. Preparation events that have been offered in the past include:
- exchanges with individuals involved in previous presidency periods;
- support during the drafting process of the EU Presidency project, funded by the European Commission;
- support in the coordination with the European Commission; and
- workshops and seminars.
Next EU13 Presidencies: Latvia (January-June 2015), Slovakia (July-December 2016), Malta (January-June 2017)
EU13 CSO Presidency achievements
Latvia (January - June 2015)
The first half of year 2015 marked the time of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It gave opportunities to Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) to cooperate actively with other European platforms and civil society organisations working in the field of global development, to accumulate knowledge and experience, talk to wider audiences about the challenges and opportunities of development and to advocate for aid quality and effectiveness in the Parliament and ministries in Latvia. Priorities of LAPAS within the Presidency project were divided into four parts: developing and applying the approach of glocalization to sustainable development; choosing responsible food consumption as a topic to improve the understanding of interconnectedness of global and local dimensions; promoting the non-financial means of implementation for post-2015 agenda and highlighting the important role that the new donors can play in global sustainable development. The full text of the Manifesto of LAPAS is available here. In a report, all materials that have been produced within the EU presidency project by LAPAS are made available. Download the report here.More information also on LAPAS website.
Lithuania (July - December 2013)
Cyprus (July - December 2012)
Cyprus Island-wide NGO Development Platform CYINDEP built its Presidency activities around the role and potential of citizens and civil society in bringing about change for a more just and sustainable world. Between July and December 2012 CYINDEP brought together CSOs active in the development and global education field for two major international gatherings:
An alternative conference "Souk" for European, Middle Eastern and North African CSOs aimed to create a space for dialogue and exchange to explore the role of citizens in creating social and political change, exploring different forms of citizen participation, and social movements, as well as current challenges to civic and political participation. The event fell under the Cypriot Priority for the Presidency to strengthen relations with the Euro-Mediterranean neighbouring countries.
The second event built on current European and global initiatives towards the post-2015 agenda. CYINDEP invited CSOs from all around the world for a 2-day symposium with the title The World We Want to exchange perspectives, approaches and challenges in developing an inclusive and holistic development framework following the MDGs.
Poland (July – December 2011)
The most important outcome of the Polish presidency for the development CSOs was the establishment of the development cooperation act on 16 September 2011. CSOs participated actively in putting their views and suggestions into the new legislation and its adoption was a major milestone. The presidency also opened up the opportunity for some of the representatives of the Polish development CSO platform to participate in the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. The CSO representatives were part of the Polish delegation led by Andris Krzysztof Stanowski, Under-Secretary of State for Development Co-operation. This event enabled the participants to form many new contacts at national and international level. Another highlight of the Polish presidency was the European Development Days in Warsaw that brought together the development cooperation community and different stakeholders from around the world.
Hungary (January – June 2011)
The Hungarian development CSO platform HAND developed a comprehensive set of policy recommendations for key stakeholders in Hungary and the EU related to the priorities of the Hungarian EU Presidency and Hungarian CSOs (focusing on aid effectiveness, transition experiences and the MDGs). The recommendations were well received and gained attention from various stakeholders. They were also included in a resolution about the future development strategy that was adopted by the parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs. The resolution pushes for greater transparency and aid effectiveness and calls for a Hungarian Strategy for Development Cooperation by the end of 2012. Another highlight of the Hungarian Presidency for the development CSO platform HAND was related to the release of the national AidWatch report, which received good media attention and allowed space for detailed discussion among state and CSO stakeholders.
Czech Republic (January – June 2009)
One of the highlights of the Czech Presidency was when Šimon Pánek from FoRS presented the platform’s presidency priorities during a European Council development working party (CODEV) meeting. Increased cooperation with CONCORD and international groups during the presidency allowed much more effective advocacy at EU level.
Another highlight of the Czech Presidency was when, on the eve of the Informal Meeting of the EU Development Ministers in Prague (29-30 January 2009), Czech NGO representatives had the chance to present their perspectives and debate democratic governance support with Gunilla Carlsson, the Swedish Minister for International Development.
Slovenia (January – June 2008)
Slovenia was the first EU12 country to take the helm at the head of the EU. The national platform SLOGA focused on development education as a presidency priority, which led to the formulation of a national strategy for development education and strengthened cooperation between the platform and the government in this area. This laid the foundation for an improved working relationship between the platform and counterparts in the ministries over the months and years that followed.