Sweden and the EU in the European Division of Labour: Lessons from Country Programming

At the EU level, the concept of added value remains important in debates on the external action role of EU institutions in relation to EU member states. The Lisbon Treaty added emphasis to the recognition of development cooperation as an area of shared competence, noting that the development policies of the EU and its member states should “complement and reinforce each other”.

This study will situate Swedish bilateral aid choices within the European division of labour in development cooperation. It analyzes Swedish experiences within country programming processes where EU institutions and member states seek to define areas of respective strength as a basis for complementary or joint action.

Author: Erik Lundsgaarde, independent consultant

Chair, reference group: Magnus Lindell

Project manager at EBA: Númi Östlund