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European Development Days (EDD)

European Development Days (EDD) is an annual event jointly organised by the European Commission and the country holding the Presidency of the EU. Sweden will be hosting this year’s EDD on 22–24 October at the Stockholm International Fairs in Älvsjö. With several thousand delegates, it will be the largest meeting under the Swedish Presidency.

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The purpose of the EDD is to create a dialogue on aid and development and to address urgent issues as well as more long-term challenges. The meeting itself is an open forum gathering all levels and groups of development actors in addition to the general public.
The EDD is also about presenting the EU as a development actor. Together, EU Member States provide more than half of total world aid, which gives the EU a key role in the development area.

Meeting place for many different actors

Heads of State and Government and ministers from donor and partner countries are invited. Nobel laureates and other prominent figures from the world of academia, business and arts are an important group of delegates. The EDD also serve as a meeting place for civil servants in the development sector, NGOs, social movements, the private sector and, not least, the public at large. The ambition is to create a forum under the slogan: “Where Davos meets Porto Alegre”.

The fourth edition

The year’s event is the fourth in a row for the EDD. The previous editions were held in Brussels in 2006, Lisbon in 2007 and Strasbourg in 2008. This year’s theme is Citizenship and Development. Two of Sweden’s profile development issues will receive particular focus: democracy and climate change. The financial situation will be another theme.
The programme days include a number of high-level plenary sessions, round-table discussions with politicians, researchers, civil society representatives and the media. There will also be a ‘Development Village’ – an exhibition hosting countries, institutions, organisations and others who want to use this opportunity to present their ideas and projects to all EDD visitors. Seminars, performances and other activities within the fairgrounds will be organised by the European Commission, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sida and other exhibitors. Offsite, development-related events and activities will be held all over Stockholm.



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Post-meeting news



22, 23, 24 October


Ministry in charge

Ministry for Foreign Affairs


  • Krister Kumlin

    Ambassador, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    +46 8 405 50 87

  • Tove Skagerwall

    Desk Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    +46 8 405 59 03

  • Amanda Olsson

    Project Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    +46 8 405 31 13

  • Agnes Stenström

    Desk Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

    +46 8 405 43 52

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The EU cooperation involves striking a balance between the views of a number of parties on various levels. To assess the progress made on a certain issue and to enable the parties to put forward new proposals, conferences and different types of meetings are often arranged. No binding decisions are made at these conferences , but they still serve an important function in that they prepare the way for the formal steps in the EU's decision-making process.

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