On 17 June, Simon Maxwell retired as the Chair of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG). Simon Maxwell had co-founded the ETTG in 2010. Under his leaderhip, ETTG has made important contributions to advice the EU-Institutions and member states on issues related to European development policy. Further, ETTG has strengthened its institutional setup with the creation of a secretariat in Brussels. Geert Laporte has been appointed as the new Director of ETTG. ETTG is a network of five European Think Tanks collarborating in research and policy advice on EU policies for global sustainable development.