European Commission Directorate General for EuropeAid Development and Cooperation created

Following the appointment last week of the current Director General for DG Trade David
O’Sullivan to the post of Chief Operating Officer in the European External Action
Service (EEAS), the European Commission announced a reshuffle of senior posts and a
reorganisation of several Directorates-General. French career diplomat Pierre Vimont
has been appointed to the post of the Executive Secretary General of the EEAS. It has
been decided that DG EuropeAid (AIDCO) and DG Development (DEV) are to be merged to
form a new Directorate-General which will be known as DG DEVCO: EuropeAid Development
and Co-operation Directorate-General. The decision was largely welcomed by development
NGOs as a step towards greater coherence in EU development policy. Source: Eurostep