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About Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid was established on 3 January 2011. It is the result of the merger of parts of the former Directorate-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States  with the former EuropeAid Co-operation Office. EuropeAid is now responsible not only for defining EU development policy but also for ensuring the effective programming and implementation of aid.

Combining policy and practice 

EuropeAid’s new structure allows the European Commission to speak with one voice on development and cooperation issues. Having one address for development policy and implementation provides a single contact point for stakeholders both inside and outside the EU. EuropeAid is also the single interlocutor for the European External Action Service (EEAS), and for all sectoral DGs on development and cooperation. 

EuropeAid plays a crucial role in: 

  • designing state-of-the-art development policy for all developing countries;
  • enhancing policy coherence for development while further improving implementation and delivery mechanisms;
  • defining future development policy both within the EU as well as contributing to the setting of standards internationally;
  • contributing to global challenges ahead. 

The mission

EuropeAid’s work is carried out with the ultimate aim of: 

  • reducing poverty in the world;
  • ensuring sustainable development;
  • promoting democracy, peace and security. 

As well as designing policies to achieve these objectives, EuropeAid is responsible for implementing the EU’s external aid instruments. EuropeAid coordinates the actions of the EU institutions, the EU Member States and other EU actors around the Union’s core values, objectives and common priorities.

Last update: 29/05/2013 | Top