The European Union is the largest donor of development aid in the world. Through aid and cooperation, the European Union supports developing countries and their transition to economic and social stability.
The EU aims to give speedy and effective help to developing countries in crisis situations by swiftly launching emergency support programmes.
The EU aims to minimise contradictions and build synergies between different EU policies to benefit developing countries.
Budget supports are direct financial transfers to the partner country – conditional on policy dialogue, performance assessment and capacity building.
The European Commission plays an important and constructive role in international forums such as the UN, G8 and G20.
International cooperation sets gender equality as one of the priority areas to improve living conditions of women and children around the world.
Human rights are defended by political dialogue with countries, aid, development policy and participation in multilateral forums like the United Nations.