Pagoda Eu Agreement
As the European Union continues its organisational reform efforts, it can benefit from a specific assessment of whether the current approach to strategic staff planning, including through service level agreements, allows it to acquire the right skills in the right places at the right time. As the EU reflects on the type of donor it wants to be in a rapidly changing development landscape, it must ensure that its system as a whole has sufficient resources and capacity to achieve its development goals. The EU can benefit from a specific assessment of the issue: if the current approach to strategic human resources planning – notably through the level of service agreements between the EEAS , DG DEVCO, DG ECHO and DG NEAR – is it improving the working rules and harmonising the rules and conditions between these different institutions, so that the EU can constantly ensure that it has a good mix of generalist/diplomatic skills and profiles in the right place, at the right time, both at headquarters and at the place? Overall, EU approval procedures remain complex, both for policy and for programming, due to the number of institutional and external players involved. For example, before long-term programming decisions can be adopted by the Commission, they require not only the agreement of EU players, but also the agreement of expert Member States (EU committees). In addition, the EU could do more at the administrative level to ease the burden that its own users and partners place on its systems. For example, tedious PAGoDA agreements, including for relatively small amounts, have been criticized by partners (FAFA, UN European Commission in 2015), but the proposal has been considerably simplified in recent years.10 As has been observed in Bolivia and Mali, some of the planning, implementation and reporting tools developed in Brussels could better meet the needs in this area. For example, an electronic payment instrument of an intermediate station introduced on the stations does not allow delegations to record transport costs, which requires additional paperwork. In addition, these dual-ignition or heavy-ignition administrative procedures, as well as others, divert senior officials on the ground from more strategic work. ← 10. The PAGoDA bill was significantly simplified in 2016, taking into account the reactions and recommendations of partner organizations.