Visit of an Expertise France delegation to Brussels

22/04/2015

Sébastien Mosneron Dupin, Chief Executive Officer of Expertise France, visited Brussels on the 14th of April to present Expertise France to the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO), and the European External Action Service (EEAS).

As the primary global donor of official development assistance, the European Union is a preferred partner of Expertise France, that implements a wide range of projects, with European funds, in all its areas of expertise.

During these meetings, the Commission confirmed its interest in the establishment of a new national technical expertise operator of European size, able to intervene in areas aligned with political priorities of the European agenda. The Director-General of DG DEVCO, Mr Frutuoso de Melo, especially underlined the Commission's will to reinforce its collaboration with the member states and their implementing agencies.

It has to be noted that about 40% of the projects managed by Expertise France are funded by the European Union, according to various intervention modalities among which are: response to call for tenders, institutional twinning projects, indirect management, and calls for proposals. The EU is the primary donor to Expertise France, along with the French state.

EEAS meetings led to discussions around the involvement of Expertise France in fragile states, especially the Syrian population support project.

Examples of flagship projects:

North Africa and Middle East 

Non-humanitarian assistance programme to the Syrian population; support to budgetary management by objectives in Tunisia; support to the Partnership for EU-Morocco mobility (SHARAKA); support to Egyptian quality infrastructure; support to local environmental governance for industrial activity in Gabès, Tunisia;

Africa 

Fight against maritime piracy projects (MARSIC, CRIMGO); media support programme in Guinea; Central African Budget Directorate and Treasury Directorate support project;

Latin America

EUROsociAL II programme (social, justice, and citizen security policy components);

Asia

Social protection system reform project in China; EU-ASEAN capacity building project for regional integration and statistics process monitoring;

Europe

Capacity building for the Serbian Ministry of Transport; implementation of a framework conducive to cybersecurity in the Balkans; European consumer education project (Consumer Classroom 1 and 2).

By Flora Geley
April 2015

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