Directorate-General (DG) International Cooperation and Development will officially become DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) on 16 January 2021. The new title, mission statement and structure reflect the important role of international partnerships in shaping a stronger role for the EU globally, in eradicating poverty, advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
The transition completes a process that started in December 2019 when Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen became the first Commissioner for International Partnerships in the new ‘Geopolitical Commission’ of President von der Leyen. The mission letter entrusts her to ensure that the European model of development evolves in line with new global realities. A revamped Directorate-General for International Partnerships is a key tool to deliver on this mission and for building relationships with transformational impact around common priorities with our partners around the globe.
DG International Partnerships works in countries and regions in Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean (including the Overseas Countries and Territories); Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.
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“Our mission is to contribute to sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, peace and the protection of human rights, through international partnerships that uphold and promote European values and interests.
As part of the European Union’s external relations, we base our actions on international law and multilateralism and are at the forefront of the European Union’s efforts to implement global commitments, notably the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Under the geopolitical ambition and political guidelines set by the President of the European Commission, we lead on international cooperation, building partnerships with countries and organisations across the globe. We work hand in hand with the Commission services to ensure that the external dimension of all EU policies strengthen our action in the world. We work hand in hand with our Member States to mobilise a strong Team Europe behind our EU agenda on the world stage. We work hand in hand with our partners, setting policy agendas, taking initiatives and ensuring effective implementation of our actions for the ultimate benefit of people across the world.”