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While the European External Action Service ensures synergies between development and other areas of external action, such as human rights, security, stability, conflict prevention, the European Commission, and in particular EuropeAid, is responsible for the implementation, operation and delivery of development aid.
Multi-annual strategies and programmes – prepared jointly by the EEAS and EuropeAid – specify where EU development assistance will be distributed.
When formulating and managing these programmes, the EU consults with national and regional authorities in potential recipient countries. This results in country and regional strategies, which identify areas for funding.
The EEAS supports EuropeAid as it implements aid and assesses effectiveness, whilst also promoting the dissemination of good practices.