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DG DEVCO accredits Italian Development Cooperation for indirect management of European programs

The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) has announced the successful conclusion of the accreditation procedure of the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS) for the indirect management of EU programs.

As a result of the accreditation, the Commission will be able to entrust programs funded by the EU to AICS for indirect management, allowing the agency to act as a 'delegated cooperation' actor. 

Press release -AICS (in Italian) 

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Concord report advises civil society on engaging with EU country roadmaps

CONCORD, an umbrella federation for 2800 European development NGOs, has released a briefing paper in English, French, and Spanish to help civil society organizations (CSOs) engage in EU delegation consultations at country level.

EU delegations, which represent the EU to national authorities and people in their host countries around the world, have begun updating country roadmaps for engagement with CSOs. This briefing paper provides background to, and the next steps of, EU country CSO roadmaps to help CSOs working around the world ensure their voices, and the voices of their constituencies, are heard.

Website – CONCORD Europe

EU

New e-learning portal for EU development cooperation launched

The European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) has launched an online learning platform offering e-learning courses, learning material, videos, and webinars to help implementing partners better understand DEVCO  procedures and approaches. The new, free learning platform, called 'DEVCO Academy', is organized by topic and provides certification for courses completed.

Website – European Commission

EU

European NGOs urge EU to halt investment plan expansion

Leading development NGOs have urged the European Commission to halt expansion of the External Investment Plan (EIP), which seeks to leverage private investment in developing countries. In a letter sent to the Commission, members of the European Parliament and national governments, Oxfam, Eurodad, and Action Aid, among others, called for grants to fund social policy sectors, not loans nor private sector instruments. The EIP, launched by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2016, seeks to leverage €44 billion in private sector investments in developing countries. 

News article – Euractive

EU

Development think tank assesses proposed EU budget

The European Centre for Development Policy and Management (ECDPM), an EU-focused think tank, has put together key points to watch in the EU budget proposal for external action recently proposed by the European Commission. The points focus on how much will be spent on what, and important elements to watch out for in the proposal.

Noting a 13% real increase (€12.1 billion) over current external action spending, ECDPM concludes that Brexit has not affected the European Commission’s appetite to engage with the rest of the world, noting that key drivers are migration, instability, and geopolitical change. 

Blog – ECDPM

EU

ONE France reacts to the proposed EU budget framework

The French chapter of the ONE Campaign has reacted to the European Commission's proposed Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which outlines European Union (EU) spending for the next seven years (2021-2027). The MFF sets spending at €123 billion (US$136.1 billion) to cover all EU external priorities, including assistance to developing countries. Director of ONE France Friederike Röder called it insufficient, considering that Europe must increase its development budget by €40 billion (US$44.2 billion) over the next seven years in order to reach the 0.7% commitment by 2030.  "Emmanuel Macron will be on the front lines," she said. "If he wants the partnership with Africa to be a part of the overhaul of the European project, he must ensure that this partnership is sufficiently funded." 

Press release - One France (in French)

EU France

Development NGOs criticize EU budget proposal

CONCORD, the European coalition of development NGOs, has welcomed a proposed EU budget increase for external actions. They have also expressed concern that merging 12 external instruments into one will endanger development objectives in favor of EU external policy interests.

By diluting development aid in a broader external instrument framework, CONCORD members worry that the EU will not only allow, but encourage, the use of official development assistance (ODA) for domestic priorities. CONCORD is concerned that human rights and gender will be relegated as secondary priorities in a large instrument focused on tackling EU migration, security, and economic challenges. 

Press release – CONCORD Europe

EU

European Commission proposes new multi-year EU budget

The European Commission has proposed a €1,135 billion budget for 2021 to 2027, about 1.11% of the EU27's gross national income (GNI), roughly the same inflation-adjusted size as the current budget. Top budget priorities include research and innovation, young people, the digital economy, border management, security, and defence.

The Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy programs both get the largest cuts – about 5%. The overall external action budget is set to increase but the amount for non-EU neighborhood developing countries remains about the same as the current budget. The new budget includes the European Development Fund, which was previously off-budget, and merges most external financing instruments into one. 

Press release – European Commission 

EU

European Medicines Agency seeks civil society representatives for Management Board and Pharmacovigilance Committee

The European Commission seeks expressions of interest for civil society representatives to join the Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as well as the Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC). Applications for either role are due June 8, 2018. The Management Board allows for two members representing patients’ organizations, one member representing doctors’ organizations, and one member representing veterinarians’ organizations. The PRAC will have one member representing patients’ organizations and one member representing health professionals’ organizations. 

Press release – EMA

French think tank IDDRI publishes report on the 2030 Agenda implementation in Europe

French think tank IDDRI, in collaboration with the European Think Tank Group, published the report "Steering the EU towards a sustainability transformation". The report looks at the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and makes the case for an increase in political will to push forward the 2030 Agenda. It specifies that, though the adoption of the SDGs in 2015 was a success for EU diplomacy, the region does not seem to take these objectives as seriously as it should, especially in terms of implementation. The report calls for the EU to prepare a strategy based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguing that it must be based on a global strategy and consider the impact of its internal policies on third countries. It also called for the next Multiannual Financial Framework to include the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in each of its budget headings.

Report - ETTG

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