Monitoring and review
93. Monitoring and reviewing the EU's delivery
on commitments made in its Strategy for Africa is crucial to effective
implementation. The Strategy itself commits the EU to "review
progress on its implementation at the December 2006 European Council,
and at least every two years thereafter", pledging that Ministers
of EU Member States "will discuss and oversee the development
of detailed delivery and monitoring plans for this purpose, based
on timelines and indicators proposed jointly by the Commission
and Council Secretariat."
94. The EU could be criticized for having little
appetite for agreeing genuine benchmarks to review the effectiveness
of the Strategy. Accordingly, the issue of how often the Strategy
should be reviewed is critical.
95. Representatives of the Belgian government
argued that a review every 12 months would provide a much
better framework for ensuring effective implementation. (Q 211)
96. The joint implementation matrix can also
be used to develop a schedule for implementation, in terms of
clarifying exactly who is doing what in the EU in terms of the
implementation of the Strategy, and when the work of the different
bodies and institutions will be delivered.
97. The Vienna meeting on 8 May requested the
Troika Ambassadors to table progress reports on the matrix at
the bi-annual Troika meetings and to host their first meeting
on the matrix in June 2006.
The EU side also committed itself to progressively include in
the matrix information on EU Member States' bilateral aid activities
at pan-African level. This will assist in determining how bilateral
aid can be used to fulfil the commitments made in the EU Strategy
and help all sides to have a clearer view of the overall funding
98. We welcome the EU's commitment to including
information on Member State bilateral aid within the joint implementation
99. Close monitoring and review by the Council
of Ministers of the commitments made in the EU Strategy for Africa
are essential for its implementation. The Strategy and its implementation
should be reviewed annually, with progress measured against the
more specific commitments set in the joint implementation matrix.