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About the EU-LDC Network

 

The EU-LDC Network, previously known as the EU-LDC Trade and Capital Relations Network, was initially set-up in 1993. Its creation was motivated by the recognition of the increasing importance of economic relations and co-operation between the European Union, its member states (EU) and less developed countries (LDC). Reflecting the pressing concerns raised by "Fortress Europe", the Network sought to provide a medium for the exchange of information and analysis of trade and capital policies and their implications for relations between Europe and developing countries.

Though trade and investment issues remain a core element in the Network’s field of interest, policies in these areas have an important influence on many other aspects of relations between Europe and developing countries (e.g. enterprise development, environment, migration, aid and technical assistance). Recognising this broader scope, the new name of EU-LDC Network was adopted in 2001. The acronym LDC here standing for Less Developed Countries, including those countries categorised as least developed countries. Despite the change of name and widening of the scope of themes covered, the essential vocation of the Network is unchanged. Namely, the focus of the Network is the economic dimensions of relations between Europe and developing countries.


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