As part of a series of mid-term reviews of the EU’s External Financing Instruments, the European Commission has released draft evaluation reports on the European Development Fund (EDF) and the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). For the 2014-2020 period, the EDF provides €30.5 billion and the DCI provides €19.6 billion in financial resources for development cooperation. Input on the draft reports may be submitted until May 3, 2017.
The EDF draft evaluation makes 11 recommendations, which emphasizes, among other things, the importance of democratic ownership and partnership; improving monitoring and reporting; keeping programming choices at country-level and entrusting management to EU delegations; correcting governance and decision-making elements of the EU Trust Funds; and strengthening regional and intra-Africa, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) cooperation. Recommendations for the DCI include the promotion of long-term, multi-actor partnerships on the SDGs; enhancing collaboration across the DCI and regional and global programs; and construction of a better platform for cooperation with middle income countries (MICs).
Between March and July 2017, the EU’s current multi-year research program, Horizon 2020 (H2020), is to undergo a mid-term review by the European Parliament. H2020 makes nearly €80 billion of EU funding available for research for the 2014-2020 time period, with funds from the Directorate-General on Research and Innovation. The interim evaluation from the mid-term review will help improve H2020 implementation and inform the design of the next multi-year EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The draft mid-term review report prepared by the European Commission will be forwarded to the European Parliament by the end of April. The Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will discuss and on the report on May 29-30, 2017, and a full plenary vote is expected in June or July 2017.
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