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Sunday, 23 September 2018
Improving the EC internal coordination

Considerable progress has been made during 2002 and 2003 in strengthening policy and operational collaboration between DG DEV, RELEX, AIDCO and ECHO. As a result, the programming and targeting of the Commission’s food security and food aid assistance, as well as coherence with other instruments (budget lines NGO Co-financing, Rehabilitation etc), have gained in coherence and efficiency.
Devolution (de-concentration) of programme management responsibility to Delegations, should result in a better identification of country needs, the improvement of coordination and efficacy of Community food security programmes. As a means to improve coordination, share experience and provide support to Delegations, AIDCO has established in 2003 a thematic network on food security and rural development under the responsibility of the Food Security Unit.

Guiding principles.
Appraisal and implementation of the 2005-2006 EC support for food security shall be guided by the following principles:
- Food security interventions will be designed and implemented to be consistent with the EC development policy and in line with the Commission’s country and regional support strategies;
- Close co-ordination with the other EC financial instruments, with ECHO, as well as EU Member States and other major donors will ensure external coherence and complementarity;
- Food security programmes will support changes in the wider policy and institutional environment necessary for achieving sustained economic growth and reducing poverty;
- To the extent possible, food security and food aid support will build on nationally owned policies and strategies for poverty reduction, as well as in the field of social cohesion.
- Particular attention will be given to reinforcing national capacity; local partnership will be strongly supported.
- All interventions will be appraised in terms of their direct and indirect impact on incomes for the poor and most vulnerable population.
- Particular attention will be given to disaster preparedness and crisis prevention.
- In protracted and post crisis situations, particular attention will be given to linking relief, rehabilitation and development.
- Food aid interventions will be consistent with the Code of Conduct for Food Aid agreed within the EU.
- The arguments for or against the use of food aid will be made on the grounds of its efficiency as an instrument to reduce poverty and food insecurity in a specific environment. Where and whenever possible, priority will be given to local and regional purchases.
- To the extent possible, sustainability of food security programmes will be increased.

Financial Instruments
According to the mode of delivery financial aid can be provided either as budgetary support, implemented according to national procedures, or as projects implemented according to Commission’s procedures, at national (in the framework of an agreement with the government) and global levels (collaboration with international organisations).
An open air exhibition will be held between 30/04 and the end of 2006 in the public area next to the Berlaymont building. Thirty posters will recount the major developments of the quarter and the stages which led to Brussels being chosen as the main headquarters for the European institutions. This exhibition is the result of the an initiative by the European Quarter Foundation, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation in close cooperation with the European Commission.
From 30 April to end 2006 in Berlaymont Building -Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Brussels

For those who want to know more about the EU, check link below.
HIV and AIDS have caused a global catastrophe. Thirty eight million people are infected with HIV, and the social and economic costs are huge. The spread and effects of HIV/AIDS are made worse by a vicious circle of infection and poverty. This can only be broken if the epidemic is tackled on several fronts. Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are extremely challenging places; all three are experiencing conflict or have recently witnessed it. Although they all struggle with its effects on infrastructure and society, each country is very different and has particular needs, not all of which are covered by the large multi-national and bi-lateral donors. Funding and implementing projects in these countries is difficult, but not impossible. Donors outside the region can take a number of approaches: either support local NGOs in these countries via donors and implementing agencies already on the ground, or fund international NGOs that operate there.

See also the work of CTA on HIV/AIDS and its impact on agrciulture in ACP countries.
The Council adopted a Regulation establishing a Community Fisheries Control Agency.The objective of the agency, whose headquarters will be in Vigo (Spain), is to organise coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate so as to comply with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The agency's annual budget is estimated at EUR 5 million. The agency is due to commence its activities in a year. policy.
Thursday, 12 May 2005
There can be no development progress without aid funding: the share of official development assistance in Germany's gross national income was 0.28% last year - the same level as in the previous year. Says Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeul: "The new OECD figures show that Germany still has to undertake major efforts to meet its international obligations." A binding commitment has been made to increase the ratio to 0.33% by 2006. The German government aims to reach 0.7% by 2014/15. The BMZ is pushing for decisions to be taken soon and advocates a step-by-step plan providing for an interim target of 0.5% by 2010. In absolute numbers, German official development assistance totaled $7.497 billion in 2004, some $700 million more than in the previous year. However, there was no significant increase if the volume is expressed in euros. In total, the international donor community spent $78 billion on development in 2004. International experts believe that these funds must be doubled if the Millennium Development Goals are to be reached.