The future collaborative framework for external aid between the EU and the UK

3rd meeting of the Lunchtime Policy Dialogue Series, co-organised by CEPS and the British Council

In March 2017, the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, effectively starting the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This has raised the need to explore how the UK can continue its partnership with the EU institutions and Member States in order to preserve mutual benefits of more than 40 years of close cooperation. In this Lunchtime Policy Dialogue Series, co-organised by CEPS and the British Council, the challenges such a change entails, the obstacles to maintain a fruitful cooperation and, more importantly, how to maintain an effective EU-UK partnership will be discussed.

In this third and final Lunchtime Policy Dialogue, the focus will be on the future relations between the EU and the UK in the area of external aid. The departure of the UK from the EU may affect the possibility and/or the modalities of UK agencies and NGOs to participate in the across a number of external aid instruments. This would have not just budgetary consequences but it may also have an impact on the positive contribution to the delivery of the European consensus.

Working on the premise that there is a real value added in an integrated “European” approach to external aid, and aiming to improve future blending arrangements in this mixed competence area, the Lunchtime Policy Dialogue will tackle, among others, the following questions:

  • What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to EU-UK cooperation in the field of external aid?
  • What are the strategic imperatives for continued cooperation in this field?
  • Which instruments can be put at the service of attaining those goals and how?

Please click here for the draft agenda.

You can now dowload the Proceedings Brief of the Meeting HERE

March 2018



Jo Beall
Director Education & Society and Member of the Executive Board, British Council
Andrew Sherriff
Head of Programme, European External Affairs, ECDPM
Reiner Forster
Deputy Director of the GIZ Representation in Brussels
Tamsyn Barton
Yohannes Abraha
Minister Counsellor, Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels


Steven Blockmans
Head of EU Foreign Policy, CEPS

The future collaborative framework for external aid between the EU and the UK

March 2018
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onward.


CEPS Conference Room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels