EU Level

EC European commission - DG DEVCO

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is a new Directorate–General (DG DEVCO) responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world. It incorporates the former Development and Europeaid DGs.

For the period 2007-2013, the EU’s support to agriculture and rural development is financed through different types of instruments:

- Geographical instruments supporting the implementation of sectoral policy at national, regional and continental levels, under the European Development Fund (in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries), the Development Co-operation Instrument (in Latin America, Asia and South Africa), and the European Neigbourhoud & Partnership Instrument (in the neighbouring regions);
- Thematic instruments under the DCI, such as the Food Security Thematic Programme, financing structural support to food security including agricultural research & extension and Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP) countries which help 18 countries to adjust to the new sugar trade regime with the EU;
- Ad hoc instruments such as the € 1 billion Food Facility for rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries whose objectives include boosting in the short to medium-term agriculture in selected countries.

Agenda for change:

On 13th October 2011 the Commission presented its "Agenda for change", setting out a more strategic EU approach to reducing poverty, including a more targeted allocation of funding. The main principles of the 12-point Agenda for Change will be progressively reflected in the remainder of the current programming cycles and then in future EU programming. Read the Communication on the Agenda for change.

EP European Parliament

The EP is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. Its 736 Members represent the citizen. They are elected once every five years by voters right across the 27 Member States of the EU. The EP plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on the daily lives of its citizens. It also has joint power with the Council over the annual budget of the European Union. The plenary sittings are the high point of parliament's work. This is where all the work done by the committees and political groups culminates. It is also where MEPs get to debate with other movers and shakers in the EU. The plenary sittings take place mainly in Strasbourg, the headquarters of the parliament, but some meetings also take place in Brussels. The EP has 20 policy committees, which meet, mainly in Brussels, throughout the year.

The Development and Cooperation Committee (DEVE) is responsible for (1) the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the development and cooperation policy of the Union; (2) matters relating to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement and relations with the relevant bodies; and (3) is involved in election observation missions.

EESC European Economic and Social Committee

The EESC is a consultative body of the EU. It contributes to strengthening the democratic legitimacy and effectiveness of the European Union by enabling civil society organisations from the Member States to express their views at European level. The REX section (section for external relations) includes the monitoring of relations between the EU and the majority of countries in the world, in particular the countries and regions with which the EU has structured relations. Link to the External Relations Section

New EU policy framework

A new EU policy framework for programmatic cooperation on food security and nutrition between EC, FAO, IFAD and WFD. Download the document