28 November 2016, Brussels – The Council adopted conclusions on the first results report on EU international cooperation and development. The report is a significant step forward in strengthening the focus on performance and results in EU international cooperation and development.
1. The Council welcomes the first Results Report 1 as a significant step forward in strengthening the focus on performance and results in EU international cooperation and development. The Council also recalls its conclusions of 14 May 2014 and 26 May 2015 which paved the way towards the EU International Cooperation and Results Framework.
2. The Council welcomes with satisfaction the good results achieved in areas such as good governance and democracy, support to situation of fragility, job creation, education, health, sustainable agriculture and natural resources. The Council encourages the Commission to step up efforts in areas where the results achieved identify challenges, notably nutrition, human development, environment, climate change and gender equality.
3. The Council also calls on the Commission to better reflect, in future reports, results in areas that are not yet thoroughly covered in the Results Framework, such as migration.
4. The Council stresses the need to continuously show through results reporting that EU development cooperation achieves impact on the ground. The Council stresses the importance of the Results Framework as a tool to strengthen accountability, transparency, learning, including peer learning, and the visibility of EU cooperation and development assistance in order to inform policy and implementation. The Council encourages the Commission to continue strengthening results monitoring at all levels as well as evaluation. The Council also encourages continued efforts by the Commission to report against sex and, wherever possible, age disaggregated data in order to show how the results of EU cooperation are being distributed.
5. The Council invites the Commission to update and review relevant parts of the Results Framework in accordance with the indicators for Sustainable Development Goals as well as with key priorities of EU development cooperation. Furthermore, the Commission is invited to consider how best to expand the coverage of the report to include timely results of on-going programmes.
6. The Council stresses the importance of ownership and the need to support and use partner countries’ results monitoring systems.
7. The Council encourages the EU and its Member States to enhance coordination, information sharing and mutual learning with a view to promoting a common results-based approach.
8. The Council welcomes the integration of the results report into the Annual Report on the EU’s development and external assistance policies and their implementation thus ensuring that reporting draws on the Results Framework.
1 Doc. 11468/16 (SWD(2016) 255 final)
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