As a German federal enterprise, GIZ supports the European Union (EU) in achieving its policy objectives and in meeting its international commitments. GIZ cooperates with various European Commission Directorates-General, notably the Directorate-Generals for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR). GIZ also acts as an expert, dialogue partner and service provider for the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) and the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), Health and Food Safety (SANTE) and Trade (TRADE), among others. On behalf of DG SANTE, for example, GIZ promotes harmonisation and uniform implementation of consumer protection rules in Europe.
GIZ’s support to the EU takes a variety of forms, from expert advice to practical project implementation. GIZ therefore cooperates with a range of European and international project partners. At European level, it works within the European Network of Implementing Development Agencies (EUNIDA), which pools European development expertise and offers its services to the EU. On behalf of the EU, GIZ is leading a global programme on protection areas and is developing prevention and response mechanisms for natural disasters together with a EUNIDA consortium.
The EU’s cooperation with GIZ can be based on a number of different contracting mechanisms. For example, GIZ is accredited to administer funding on behalf of the European Commission within the framework of ‘delegated cooperation’ arrangements. It also manages direct financial support (grants) and implements EU contracts. As part of a delegated cooperation arrangement on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Union, for example, GIZ is strengthening police structures and thus improving security in the Palestinian territories. In Italy, it is utilising grant funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme to support the Veneto region and its employment agency with reforms to promote youth employment. And in the MENA countries, GIZ is promoting energy efficiency in the construction sector on behalf of the EU.