On 15 and 16 January 2018, the first regional Policy Forum on Development for Europe will take place in Ghent, Belgium. Participants from all countries of the Council of Europe will represent the different constituencies: NGOs, women’s groups, cooperatives, private sector, local and regional governments and trade unions. The meeting fits in the global PFD process that is facilitated by the European Commission and aims at accommodating and strengthening multi stakeholder exchange and collaboration, as well as facilitate dialogue with the EU institutions on EU external policies and practices. The first Policy Forum on Development with a focus on Europe will create an opportunity to debate how the EU external action relates to the internal dynamics in politics and societies on the European continent. More information is available here.