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Technische Hilfe kann sehr wertvoll sein, wenn es gilt, die Planung und tatsächliche Verwendung der Unionsmittel zu unterstützen. Sie kann unter anderem die Einrichtungen stärken und die Verwaltungskapazität im Hinblick auf ein wirksames Management der Unionsmittel fördern. Auf der Tagesordnung des Europäischen Parlaments für seine Plenartagung im Mai steht ein Bericht, in dem verschiedene Vorschläge unterbreitet werden, wie technische Hilfe wirksamer gestaltet werden könnte.

This briefing gives an overview if the economic situation in Greece and the main elements of the third financial assistance programme. This briefing is regularly updated. It served also as a background document for the delegation of the Financial Assistance Working Group to Athens end of March 2016. The previous update was made in view of an Economic Dialogue on 2 March 2016 with Mr Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic, in the competent Committee of the European Parliament ...

The EU has been at the forefront of efforts to define and implement the concept of policy coherence for development (PCD) in recent years. A range of instruments has been established to promote the inclusion of development issues in all EU policies. The workshop offered a platform for a lively debate among practitioners and researchers about the achievements of the EU in practice, the potential of recent reforms such as the better regulation package, and the lessons learnt from PCD efforts steered ...

Economic Dialogue with Greece

Eingehende Analyse 01-03-2016

This note presents selected information on the current status of the EU economic governance procedures and related relevant information in view of an Economic Dialogue with Mr Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of Finance of the Hellenic Republic, in accordance with the EU legal framework, in particular Article 2a of EU Regulation 1467 as amended by Regulation 1177/2011 and Article 7(10) of EU Regulation 472/2013.This briefing is an update on a previous briefing on Greece’s Financial Assistance Programme ...

ICT in the developing world

Studie 21-12-2015

Over recent years, there have been increasing opportunities for inhabitants of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to use information and communication technologies (ICT). ICT can potentially help LMICs tackle a wide range of health, social and economic problems.By improving access to information and enabling communication, ICT can play a role in achieving millennium development goals (MDGs) such as the elimination of extreme poverty, combating serious diseases, and accomplishing universal primary ...

Since January 2013, the new Financial Regulation applicable to the EU budget allows the European Commission to create and administer Union Trust Funds in the field of external action: these are multi-donor trust funds for emergency, post-emergency or thematic actions. The European Parliament welcomed this development in an April 2013 resolution, considering that it would allow the EU to raise the visibility of its external action and to have greater control over the delivery chain of relevant funds ...

For the 2014-2020 programming period the regulations encourage the usage of integrated and place-based oriented approaches to foster economic, social and territorial cohesion , at the same time putting a greater weight on urban development actions in order to attain the Europe 2020 Strategy goals. These territorial approaches can be implemented by using tools such as the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) and the Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). The Partnership Agreements, between the ...

On 17 July 2015, the European Commission proposed, as an exceptional measure, to amend the common rules governing the implementation of the five European Structural and Investment Funds, to provide immediate liquidity to Greece and help the country make full use of available EU funding to finance investment and economic activity. This follows the decisions taken at the Euro Summit of 12 July 2015, which paved the way for a new support programme for Greece.

After more than two years of consultations and negotiations, 193 UN member states agreed on 2 August 2015 to a new sustainable development agenda that is as ambitious as it is fraught with potential pitfalls. Titled ‘Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development‘, the agenda will be formally adopted at the UN summit on 25-27 September in New York. With 17 sustainable development goals (SGDs), it aims for an economic and societal transformation, integrating all three pillars ...

Corruption undermines development and reduces the effectiveness of development aid. Illicit financial flows are a consequence of flourishing corrupt practices, often amongst the rich in society. Such flows, estimated at USD1 trillion a year, drain the resources that should be invested in improving developing countries, thus hurting poor people disproportionately. The EU has invested much in curbing corruption in member-, candidate, accession- and to some extent neighbouring countries, but has so ...