an informal, four-part dialogue.
Civil society, the European institutions "the Parliament and the Commission" and the Member States have set up an informal dialogue during which they exchange their views on the implementation of development aid: the quadrilogue.
Since 2002, the implementation of development aid has been the object of an informal dialogue known as the "quadrilogue". Set up by EuropeAid, it involves four key players:
- the European Commission;
- European NGOs (coordinated by CONCORD, the European Confederation of Emergency and Development NGOs);
- members of the European Parliament Development Commission;
- representatives of Union Member States.
What is the general goal of this quadrilogue? To stimulate relations between the European Commission and active civil society by means of a shared reflection on external-relation instruments, during which the opinions and positions expressed reflect the evolutions of each of the parties involved.
A seminar organised in Palermo in October 2003 was a turning point in the dialogue process, establishing the relationship of each stakeholder to the priority themes and relegating the question of the impact of NGO action and the awareness-raising of decision-makers to specific debates.
As of 2004, the dialogue has taken the form of a series of informal sessions on topics relating to concept notes, beneficiary eligibility and procedure simplification. It has also given rise to annual inventory seminars.
The immediate future perspectives of the quadrilogue include: opening it up to a larger range of participants, such as Non-State Actors (NSAs) and local authorities (LA) that demonstrate their ability to participate in the process of reflection on aid policies and implementation.