EU development policy
EU development policy is a shared competence of the European Commission and the Member States. However, since the beginning of the years 2000, the Member States begun to develop a “common vision”, institutionalised by the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty in and the 2006 European Consensus on Development. The European Commission and its Member States increased coordination of policy and action in view of eradicating poverty in a context of sustainable development.
EU development policy is a cornerstone of EU relations with the outside world – alongside foreign, security and trade policy (and international aspects of other policies like environment, agriculture and fisheries).
Providing over 50% of all global development aid, the EU is the world’s leading donor.
The European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DEVCO delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness.
The EU combines different types of support to countries in need. It provides funding in the form of grants to support projects and organisations furthering its development objectives. It also offers public contracts and provides budget and sector support.
European Commission call for proposals and tenders are published on EuropeAid website.