Commissioner Andris Piebalgs emphasises the EU commitment to the principles of New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
At the 3rd Global meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding of 19 April, Commissioner Piebalgs issued a statement on how the EU has taken up the challenge of effective support for peace-building and state-building goals.
As a concrete follow-up of the European commitment, the EU is already very active in the New Deal implementation:
- In Central African Republic, the EU is supporting the stabilization process.
- Since December 2012, the EU is a New Deal partner for Somalia. The EU is looking forward to working together with the Somali government and other bilateral and multilateral donors with a view to agreeing on a New Deal Compact by the Brussels conference of mid-September 2013.
Lately, the EU has expressed its commitment to become a partner for the New Deal in Timor Leste, joining Australia's efforts.
The EU is currently preparing the programming of its development cooperation for the period 2014-2020 in more than 130 countries in the world and will implement the principles of the New Deal and the principles of engagement in fragile countries wherever relevant.
- The Statement of Commissioner Piebalgs [62 KB]
- The Communique of the meeting [230 KB]
- New Deal Press Release, Washington 18 04 2013 [255 KB]
What is the New Dealfor Engagement in Fragile States?
The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States was formulated by the International Dialogue on Peace Building and State Building (IDPS) and presented at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in December 2011 where it was endorsed by the EU along with 36 countries, including 18 fragile countries, and 6 international institutions.
The New Deal is based on three pillars:
- the 5 Peace-building and State-building goals (Inclusive politics, security, justice, Economic foundations, revenues and services),
- the FOCUS principles and
- the TRUST principles. It sets a framework that builds mutual trust and strong partnerships between countries and their international partners.
The New Deal is however more than a framework; it should be viewed as a new approach towards fragile situations and it should be applied in a customised way, depending on the country context.
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New Deal Pilot countries
One year after its launch, substantial progress has been made in implementing the New Deal provisions at country level and through reforms and actions by development partners and governments. Five countries, namely DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Timor Leste have already taken the first step of the implementation of the New Deal by conducting their fragility assessment. Discussions on implementing other components of the New Deal are on-going in several countries, for example on transition compacts as a key step forward to phase out of fragility.
EU’s engagement in the New Deal
The EU will notably help countries in situations of fragility to establish functioning and accountable institutions that deliver basic services and support poverty reduction. Our new budget support policy should help us in doing this; particularly through using the new state-building contracts in fragile situations and to support democratic transition.
The EU has undertaken the programming of its development cooperation for the period 2014-2020 in more than 130 countries in the world including the 10 New Deal pilot countries, the countries of the International Dialogue, and other countries that are on the path of becoming resilient. In our programming we will implement the principles of the New Deal and the principles of engagement in fragile countries. We are also preparing a new EU Results Framework for our development programmes. In this context we intend to include elements of the peace-building and state-building indicators framework developed by the g7+. We very much value the work undertaken to date.
But the EU is already active in the New Deal implementation:
- In Central African Republic for instance, we are supporting the stabilisation process.
- As of December 2012 we are a New Deal partner for Somalia. We are looking forward to working together with the Somali government and other bilateral and multilateral donors with a view to agreeing on a New Deal Compact for the Brussels conference in mid-September.
- Lately, we have expressed our commitment to become a partner for the New Deal in Timor Leste, joining our support with Australia's efforts.
We strongly believe that working together with other donors is key for the success of the New Deal in order to reduce the burden on our partner countries. We would like to invite all donors to partner with us in building staff skills jointly, in training and team building so as to be more effective and coordinated in supporting the partner country's efforts. At the same time, the EU is looking forward to contributing to developing a post-2015 framework with the objective of ensuring a decent life for all – ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future, as spelled out in the recent Communication of the European Commission.