Delegated Cooperation, within the framework of the "EU Code of Conduct on Division of Labour in Development Policy", is a management strategy that allows the European Commission to delegate Funds to a Member State for the execution of cooperation programmes (following "delegation agreements"). It also allows Member States to transfer their resources to the Commission itself (through "transfer agreements"). This framework, as a whole, aims to favour a larger concentration of aid in those partner countries or sectors where the added value brought by one specific donor is greater, with an approach aiming at reciprocity and maximization of aid effectiveness.
This kind of resource management is activated by signing a delegation agreement between the local EU Delegation, on behalf of the European Commission, and the office holder in the foreign country, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation-DGCS, and it is based upon specific financing decisions made by the Commission, which identify the body delegated to manage the funds for the launch of an action/programme on a case-by-case basis. This type of accreditation constitutes a key result for Italy, as it allows the Directorate General for Development Cooperation to administer extra resources for development cooperation initiatives by activating collaboration agreements with the EU (and other Donors) in those countries and sectors where the leading role of Italian Development Cooperation has been recognized, thus actively participating in the "delegated cooperation" system encouraged by the EU.