The Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) has clear monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to assess the fulfilment of EU external action. In doing so, the European Commission ensures full accountability and transparency in implementing EU priorities and progress towards the achievement of its objectives.
The need for monitoring and evaluation is set out in the regulation establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe. See chapter 5 of the Global Europe Regulation for a detailed view of the measures to be taken in this regard.
Monitoring and evaluation are core elements of operational and financial management. They allow preventive and corrective actions to be taken where needed, while learning from experience. And ensuring accountability towards stakeholders and the general public.
Monitoring provides information on progress against plans, highlighting good performance as well as difficulties.
Evaluation produces evidence and gives a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, as well as identifying opportunities for improvement.