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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Agreement on EU External Action Service- DFID views

A structure for the European External Action Service (EEAS) was agreed by William Hague and fellow EU foreign ministers.The new service, a product of the Lisbon Treaty, aims to strengthen the EU’s external reach and create a more joined-up approach to international development.The agreement gives a strong role to the EU’s International Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This is good news for developing countries, and will help ensure that the EU’s development resources retain their focus on helping the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of poverty.
The UK Government, through DFID, called for the EEAS to retain this focus on development priorities, and partly due to these efforts the agreement includes:
• A clear reference to poverty eradication which will help meet the EU's collective commitment to provide 0.7% of GNI for development aid by 2015.
• A clear financial accountability, with the Development Commissioner responsible for development spending.
• A broader remit for the Development Commissioner, who now has shared responsibility with the High Representative for more regions than in the past – he will cover the European Development Fund (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) and the Development Cooperation Instrument (Asia, Latin America). The head of EuropeAid which also implements programmes in other regions, will report to him.
• A commitment to review the development set-up early on in 2011

Source: Department for international development