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EU Development Cooperation in Practice


The European Commission forms the "executive" within the political system of the EU. The EU's development cooperation is implemented by the Commission (located in Brussels) and its in-country "delegations" (located in the capital cities of the respective developing countries). In practice, this often means placing contracts with enterprises and organisations. The key institutions for implementation within the Commission are:

Non-governmental organisations in Europe and in developing countries also play an important role. Within the framework of co-financing they perform a not insignificant part of development work.

How EU development cooperation is translated into practice

N.B.: The term "committee" is used to refer to the respective committees on which the member country governments hold seats and various voting rights.


See also Agreement in stages – how a decision is reached

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