European Commission Merges Development Units

European Union flags in front of Berlaymont building, which houses the European Commission's headquarters. The European Commission is merging EuropeAid and the Directorate-General for Development to create the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General. Photo by: European Union

The European Commission is merging EuropeAid and the Directorate-General for Development to create the EuropeAid Development and Cooperation Directorate-General, or DG DEVCO.

The action is only one in a series of decisions taken by the commission on Oct. 27. Another was the designation of David O’Sullivan as chief of the Directorate-General for External Relations.

O’Sullivan was named by European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton as chief operating officer of the soon-to-be operationalized European External Action Service.

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“This move is an appropriate transitional measure with a view in particular to ensure continuity of financial management operations relating to the activities which will be transferred to the future European External Action Service, while allowing for a smooth transition towards the already announced appointment of David O’Sullivan as Chief Operating Officer of the EEAS,” according to a release by the commission.

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