Following the merger of DG for Development (DG DEV) and DG for Aid and Cooperation – Europeaid (DG AIDCO) the official organization chart of DG DEVCO was released last week. Eurostep calculations have revealed concern regarding the number of women in leading positions, with almost five men to every woman in a high-ranking role.
The creation of a single DG within the Commission, responsible for Development Policy and implementation, is one of the institutional changes brought about by the Lisbon Treaty. DG DEVCO sees itself as a central player in coordinating with the EEAS in ensuring coherence of other policies with development.
The organisational structure of the new Directorate General, which includes 50 units, 1,400 officials in EC Headquarters and 3,000 officials in 110 EU Delegations, was presented by Fokion Fotiadis, Director-General of DG DEVCO to the European Parliament’s Development Committee on 26 May.
According to the organization chart, the directorate responsible for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) matters has been split into separate directorates with one for sub-Saharan Africa, and Caribbean and Pacific matters now dealt with in the Latin America and Asia directorates, respectively. In reply to MEPs’ questions concerning this change, Fotiadis stressed the European Commission’s intentions to uphold its policy commitments towards ACP countries and to assure coordination on ACP issues among the three respective geographical directorates. To this end, horizontal ACP matters have been kept within the directorate for sub-Saharan Africa, the EU official pointed out.
With regards to the details of cooperation between the EEAS and DG DEVCO, Fotiadis hinted at unsolved issues at institutional level, specifically concerning the division of responsibilities on various matters. Subsequently, it remains unclear whether the EEAS should have a say on the Commission’s prerogatives in budget support assistance to a given country and to what extent should political considerations play in this respect. Another important issue is the shared responsibility between the Commission and EEAS over the newly transformed EU delegations, he added.
Following the question on the countries DG DEVCO is planning to disengage with, Fotiadis announced that this issue will be covered by the EC Communication on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) set to come out at the end of June.
Moreover, in formulating a response to a line of questioning by MEPs, Fotiadis failed to respond to MEP Franziska Keller’s concern regarding the number of women being appointed in leading positions so far in DG DEVCO. However, calculations undertaken by Eurostep reveal that with several other appointments still to be made, the ratio between men and women as head of unit or above is almost five to one.
The DG DEVCO Organigramme can be found at: EuropeAid (pdf).