In the context of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding, complemented by the decision of the 10th Meeting of the National Authorities of the PALOP and Timor-Leste with the European Union, held in Luanda, Angola, in March 2014, the governance of this Cooperation Programme includes:
- A rotating presidency with a one-year term of office, overseen by the EDF National Authorising Officer of the country hosting the annual ministerial plenary;
- A Co-ordinator, co-opted between the six countries, responsible for overall programme coordination, for which Mozambique has been appointed, in the person of the EDF National Authorising Officer for the Republic of Mozambique;
- Plenaries at technical and ministerial level. The first, designated ‘RT – Technical Meeting’, aims to undertake an administrative, financial and technical analysis of the status of the Programme and issue recommendations to the National Authorising Officers. The ministerial plenary sessions, designated ‘RON – Meeting of National Authorising Officers’, have decision-making powers and are the highest level of the programme.
Unlike the regional organisations (e.g. SADC, ECOWAS and IGAD), the PALOP-TL group does not have legal status and there is no permanent management structure or executive secretariat. The National Authorising Officer of Mozambique for the EDF is responsible for coordinating the Group.
From a coordination and management perspective (technical, administrative and financial aspects), all projects are implemented using a similar structure: a coordination/steering committee, a project management unit and focal points in partner ministries or other national institutions.
Some projects are implemented in partnership with international organisations or with delegated implementers, as is currently the case with UNDP and with Portuguese cooperation, respectively.