European Development Days in Stockholm
When the biggest event under the auspices of Sweden's EU, this year's European Development Days, ended this weekend the general assessment was overwhelmingly positive.
Those among the roughly 6,000 participants who play leading roles in politics were highly satisfied with the three-day multilateral consultations that are seen as an important way to prepare for the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen six weeks from now.
In one of the panel debates Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga criticized European donor countries, saying that they should follow China's example and concentrate on building up infrastructure instead of focusing on governance. Swedish development minister Gunilla Carlsson, the hostess of the three-day event, dd not agree and said that it was important that the EU do both.
Swedish EU Commissioner Margot Wallström was among those who intensely discussed the issues and problems at hand with politicians and organizations. On the closing day of the conference Wallström defined the objective for the Copenhagen summit, saying that it is time to cat now, or there will be a terrible price to pay in the future.