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Who’s who at Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid

Development and Cooperation Directorate General - EuropeAid operates under the guidance of Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who is responsible for Development.

Organisational structure

Organisationally, EuropeAid consists of nine Directorates which fall directly under the charge of the Director General, Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, who is responsible for the overall success of EuropeAid’s mission. He is assisted by two Deputy Directors General.

Development and Cooperation Directorate General - EuropeAid operates under the guidance of the Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, who is responsible for the EU’s overall development policy.

Directorate F, ‘Neighbourhood’ – is overseen by the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle. The organisation chart pdf - 141 KB [141 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) and the mission statement of Development and Cooperation Directorate General – EuropeAid were adopted in June 2011.

The first four Directorates, Directorates A–D, cover general policy, quality and impact, and sectoral policies linked to sustainable growth and human and social development. These are followed by four geographical Directorates, E–H. The ninth Directorate, Directorate R, covers the organisation of resources both in Brussels and in the EU Delegations.

Non-geographical directorates

Overall coordination
Directorate A – EU Development Policy
Provides analysis and policy formulation within EuropeAid on development issues, including:

  • general orientation
  • economic analysis and budget support
  • policy coherence for development
  • aid effectiveness
  • financing for development
  • fragility and crisis management.

The Directorate seeks to engage with think tanks and researchers to inform its policy proposals. Moreover, it ensures representation in international fora on development issues, coordinates relations with Member States and non EU States and is the interface with the EEAS on crisis management issues.

Directorate B –Quality and Impact
Contributes to the quality and impact of EC development cooperation and to its understanding and visibility. This includes the coordination of inter-institutional relations in the area of EU development policy.

Thematic directorates
Directorate C – Sustainable Growth and Development
It covers all policy related to growth and development, and is at the forefront of future work on sustainable growth and job creation. It also develops policies, provides guidance on quality, and implements thematic budget lines in greater detail, for the following sectors: rural development, food security, climate change, environment and financial instruments.

Directorate D – Human and Society Development
Includes more traditional development aspects such as governance, democracy, human rights, civil society, employment and education. And for all these sectors, it develops policies, provides guidance on quality, and implements thematic budget lines in greater detail.

Geographical directorates

The four geographical Directorates are in charge of overseeing the implementation of assistance by EU Delegations. They also manage certain programmes directly.

The four Directorates have been reorganised under the new EuropeAid structure. The former ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) Directorate now reflects the priority given by the European Commission to sub-Saharan Africa, because of the region’s pressing development needs. The Caribbean joins Latin America, and the Pacific, as part of Directorate H, which includes Asia. This is because in political, economic and regional terms, the economic and political agendas of the countries of these regions are more dependent on their neighbourhoods.

Directorate E: Sub-Saharan Africa and Horizontal ACP Matters
Directorate F: Neighbourhood
Directorate G: Latin America and Caribbean
Directorate H: Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific

Organisation of resources

Directorate R – Resources
Directorate R manages EuropeAid’s human, financial and technical resources – planning, budget, audit, legal affairs, and human resource management.

Directorate R is also responsible for the human resource management of around
3 000 personnel in over 100 EU Delegations world-wide.

Coordination with other stakeholders

EuropeAid’s staff is specially trained to cope with rapidly changing circumstances and can act as a liaison with other bilateral and multilateral donors such as the United Nations. EuropeAid works in close partnership with development agencies in the Member States as well as with international financial institutions such as the World Bank. In addition, it is involved in ongoing dialogue with NGOs and other non-state actors both within the EU and the beneficiary countries.

Last update: 05/11/2013 | Top