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DEVCO selection & management of external expertise

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Summary : The European Commission uses a vast amount of expertise for the design, implementation and monitoring of its external action projects, led by the Directorate General for International and Development (DEVCO) and the Directorate General for Enlargement and Neighbourhood (DG NEAR). The Commission is one of the largest institutional support funding sources in the world, using intervention methods and procedures that are a reference in the world of expertise. However, the terms of this mobilization raise difficulties and problems which are rarely discussed. Evolution of this recruitment system has contributed to the emergence of « body shop » consultancies, with uncertain skills and poorly defined value-added, which overwhelmingly rely on outsourced expertise. Indeed, present contracting and monitoring methods do not allow the European Commission to ensure Quality in the implementation of development projects. Solutions do exist, which require an open and frank debate.

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