Politics of the European Union too often have damaging consequences for developing countries. Fair Politics EU wants to give developing countries a fair chance at development. - Fair Politics NOW!

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Fair Politics: Make development work!

Political decisions of the European Union and its Member States too often harm the interests of developing countries. Trade, agricultural, and migration policies, among others, undermine the efforts of policies for development and global sustainability. Fair Politics wants to change this and stresses the importance of offering developing countries their rightful opportunity to develop.

Fair Politics is the advocacy program of the Foundation Max van der Stoel. Together with other partners Fair Politics directs a political campaign at different levels of governance in Brussels at the European Union level, and in the Netherlands targeted towards the Dutch government. The objective of this program is to make politicians aware of unfair policies, to provide them with policy recommendations and to encourage them to revise these policies. Fair policies are coherent, justifiable, and sustainable and do not hinder, but encourage the development of poor countries. All with the aim of giving poor countries a fair chance to develop.

The program aims at:

  • The European Commission and the 751 Members of the European Parliament.
  • The Dutch government and the 150 Members of Parliament (Lower House).
  • Governments, parliaments and other public institutions of other EU-Member States are the target of diverse other partnership organizations of Fair Politics EU.

How does Fair Politics operate?
The core business of Fair Politics is presenting concrete examples of unfair policies (see topics), and bringing these to the attention of politicians and civil servants. In order to do so, Fair Politics uses political as well as legal declarations to remind the politicians of their commitments. Fair Politics furthermore uses concrete country based impact studies to show the unfairness and incoherence of the policies concerned.

Policy makers are actively stimulated to make fair decisions and fair policy. Fair Politics tries to bring attention to topics of policy incoherence by:

  • Organising expert meetings for politicians and other stakeholders
  • Organising public debates for the general public with the relevant politicians
  • Contribute in media through written articles
  • Personal dialogues, letters and e-mails

Ranking the Politicians!

Besides these actions the efforts of politicians for coherency and fair politics are ranked. Do they propose fair policies in parliamentary reports and opinions? Do they ask critical questions about proposed incoherent policies? Each parliamentary year, the Member of the European Parliament and the political group who has put the most effort into enhancing Fair Politics, based on our ranking system, is proclaimed the Fair Politician of the Year and awarded in the European Parliament with a prize. The results of the ranking are shown in the left column on this website. For a more detailed explanation of the ranking system see here

Fair Politics calls upon partners in the European Union and in developing countries to work together to develop case studies and advocate for policy changes. Combined efforts make stronger cases!

Fair Politics: Make Development Work!                                                                                     

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