The project “Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia” is co-funded by the European Union, under the thematic program “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development – Actions in partner countries (Multi-country). The project is managed by the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
The European Union is established in accordance with the Treaty on European Union. There are currently 27 Member States of the Union. It is based on the European Communities and the member states cooperation in the fields of Common Foreign and Security Policy and Justice and Home Affairs. The five main institutions of the European Union are the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission, the Court of Justice and the Court of Auditors.
The European Union is a major player in international cooperation and development aid. It is also the world’s largest Humanitarian aid donor. Today, the European Community has political and financial responsibility for over 11% of the world’s public aid (ODA), compared with 5% in 1985. The primary aim of the EC’s own development policy, agreed in November 2000, is the eradication of poverty. To enhance its impact, the EC is targeting its assistance on six priority areas: trade and development; regional integration and cooperation; support to macroeconomic policies and equitable access to social services; transport; food security and sustainable rural development; institutional capacity building, good governance and the rule of law. In addition to these core areas, important crosscutting issues are being mainstreamed into development activities namely: human rights, gender equality, environment and conflict prevention.
The European Commission is the European Community’s executive body. Led by 27 Commissioners, the European Commission initiates proposals of legislation and acts as guardian of the Treaties. The Commission is also a manager and executor of common policies and of international trade relationships. It is responsible for the management of European Union external assistance.
The European Union, composed of the Member States and the European Commission, is the world’s biggest aid donor. The Commission’s EuropeAid co-operation office manages EU external aid programmes and ensures that development assistance is delivered worldwide.
EuropeAid's main mission is to implement the Commission’s external aid instruments, both those funded by the Union’s budget and the European Development Fund.