How we finance
The Commission's EuropeAid cooperation office implements the funding instruments for external assistance in the frame of the 2007 to 2013 financial perspectives. The overall goal of these instruments is the eradication of poverty in partner countries and regions in the context of sustainable development. Based on strategy papers and annual action programmes, EU funding is delivered through budget support, grants and contracts.
How we programme
Programming is an essential decision-making process aimed at defining the European Commission strategy, budget and priorities for spending aid in non-EU countries. EC assistance priorities identified in:
• General Strategy Papers covering the period 2007-2013, e.g Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) or Regional Strategy Papers (RSPs), for the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP) and other non- EU countries with Regional Strategy Papers.
• More detailed Indicative Programmes which cover 2007-2009 and 2010-2013, e.g. National Indicative Programmes (NIP) and Regional indicative Programmes (RIP).
For the 2007 to 2013 financial perspective, the EU has adopted a package of new instruments for the implementation of external assistance. External action is mainly based on three “geographical” instruments: Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), European Development Fund (EDF).
The EU’s thematic development programmes and instruments seek to help developing countries meet the relevant Millennium Development Goals by focussing on specific themes. They supplement other EU aid, which is geographically-based.