The European Union and International Development

Published on 20 May 2016

Many discussions and viewpoints are currently being put forward in the UK about the European Union (EU), on everything from employment to petrol prices and legal processes, but what role does the EU play in international development?

This is the topic of IDS’ latest Rapid Response Briefing, which looks at the role of the EU in different aspects of development including:

  • Aid
  • Trade
  • Climate
  • Security
  • Migration

Informing debate

Ahead of the EU referendum in the UK on the 23 June this briefing aims to help contribute to current discussions. Presenting information about the EU’s current role in international development co-operation, it argues neither for nor against UK membership of the EU but to help inform considered debate.

Did you know?

  • The European Union is a body of 28 member states
  • The EU member states have a combined GDP of close to US$20tn – greater than that of the USA.
  • In 2014, EU institutions provided about US$16bn of Official Development Assistance

Read in full the rapid response briefing ‘What role does the European Union play in international development?’ 


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