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DG International Cooperation and Development becomes DG International Partnerships

News 15 January 2021 Brussels

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Directorate-General (DG) International Cooperation and Development will officially become DG International Partnerships on 16 January 2021. The new title, mission statement and structure reflect the important role of international partnerships in shaping a stronger role for the EU globally, in eradicating poverty, advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

The transition completes a process that started in December 2019 when Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen became the first Commissioner for International Partnerships in the new ‘Geopolitical Commission’ of President von der Leyen. The mission letter entrusts her to ensure that the European model of development evolves in line with new global realities. A revamped Directorate-General for International Partnerships is a key tool to deliver on this mission and for building relationships with transformational impact around common priorities with our partners around the globe.

DG International Partnerships works in countries and regions in Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean (including the Overseas Countries and Territories); Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.

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