European Association for Cooperation (EAC)

Association européenne pour la coopération (AEC)
Europäische Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit (EGZ)
Associazione Europea per la Cooperazione (AEC)
Europese Associatie voor Samenwerking (EAS)
Europaeisk Sammenslutning for Samarbejde (ESS)

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28 Oct 1964, Brussels (Belgium), directly attached to Director-General for Development of European Commission (EC). Initial Convention with the Commission, 13 July 1965. Replaced, 15 Oct 1997, by Joint Service for the Management of Community Aid to Non-Member Countries (SCR) and subsequently, from 1 Jan 2001, by EuropeAid Cooperation Office (AIDCO).


Recruit and manage technical assistance (long- and short-term contracts) working in countries benefiting from Community assistance n the framework of development aid programmes and humanitarian aid of the Commission of the European Communities and the European Development Fund; recruit and manage junior trainees in CEC delegations; administer programme of scholarships and fellowships awarded by the CEC to Third World personnel studying in Belgium.

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Initially interventions were limited to countries having signed the Yaoundé (Cameroon) and later the Lomé Conventions, that is the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), in particular under Third ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé III) and Fourth ACP-EEC Convention (Lomé IV). Activities were extended within the framework of European Community agreements with Mediterranean countries (SEM Countries) and with financial and technical help for developing countries of Asia and Latin America (ALA Countries), the two categories together being referred to as ALAMED, for Tacis Programme and Phare Programme countries (Eastern and Central Europe) and with ECHO. Administrative tasks are carried out in the fields of: technical assistance (recruitment and management of direct technical assistance - supposedly long-term - and administration of certain short-term technical assistance contracts); programmes for junior national experts in training in the delegations; scholarship holders studying in Belgium.


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English, French.


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Members in 15 countries
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Subjects *

  • Development
    • Development
    • Aid
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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