The European Commission communication of 13 October 2011, “An Agenda for Change”, presents the guiding principles for future EU external development policy. The ILO welcomes the fact that the Agenda recognizes the significance of promoting decent work covering job creation and the guarantee of rights at work, social protection and social dialogue. The Agenda underlines that the EU should support the decent work agenda and social protection schemes and floors. It highlights the need to promote a green economy that can generate growth, create jobs and help reduce poverty by valuing and investing in natural capital. The guiding principles of the Agenda will be progressively reflected during the remainder of the current programming and in future programming of EU development cooperation. The ILO hopes that the operational modalities will take into account the specific role of employers and workers organizations, of social dialogue and of tripartite consultations. The new EU orientations are also very relevant for the future development cooperation of EU Member states.