EC-NEAR is responsible for helping countries to join the EU and for relations with neighbouring countries. The agency manages the bulk of the EU’s financial and technical assistance to these countries. It first started publishing to IATI in 2013 and has made significant progress since appearing in the 2013 Aid Transparency Index, where it ranked in the ‘fair’ category. As in 2016, it remains in the ‘good’ category. We now call on DG NEAR to:
- Make improvements to the publication of performance-related information.
- Make further improvements to the publication of sub-national locations data.
- Ensure the quality of its IATI publication, starting by regularly updating activity dates and statuses to reflect its development work on the ground.
- To demonstrate the impact of transparency on development work, EC-NEAR should take responsibility to promote the use of the data they publish: internally, to promote coordination and effectiveness; and externally, to explore online and in-person feedback loops, including at country-level.