European Parliament- Brussles
European Parliament- Brussles

Influencing the European Union

1 January 2015Bond

Fully revised since the Lisbon Treaty came into force in December 2009, this guide provides a comprehensive understanding of how to influence European Union (EU) international development policies.

Section one provides an overview of the EU, its decision-making structures and the key agreements and strategies that guide the EU’s approach to development. It then gives an introduction to the main EU institutions including the Council of the EU, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and their specific role in relation to development.

Section two explains the key steps for planning an EU advocacy campaign. It contains practical information and guidance on situating an issue at the EU and case studies providing concrete examples of civil society actions, which have achieved change at the EU level. It also includes practical information and tips to help you find your way through the corridors of power in Brussels.

This guide is primarily aimed at development professionals in the UK, but will also be a useful reference document for other parts of civil society in the UK and in other EU countries who aim to influence EU decision-making.

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