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b)

Dialogue Support Facility – aimed at supporting dialogue initiatives in
the thematic areas that fall under the Strategic Partnership Action Plan as
well as other areas agreed by South Africa and the EU to be of mutual
interest. Services provided by the facility include technical assistance,
logistical support for conferences, workshops and events to cover venue,
flights, etc.
Rapid Response Service – aimed at supporting niche, urgent initiatives to
strengthen dialogue between SA and the EU. It seeks to identify and
facilitate the engagement of senior EU experts that have high levels of
policy development and implementation/oversight experience to discuss
common challenges and opportunities on a peer-to-peer basis with senior
management in the South African government.
Grant Fund – a Call for Proposals was issued seeking to strengthen
research in policy issues and to strengthen public-private partnership in this
area.

Execution period, budget and implementing partners

The European Commission signed the Financing Agreement on 1 December 2008 and the
South African Government signed on 27 February 2009. One Rider (amendment) to the
Financing Agreement was introduced. The rider (Rider 1), signed on 7 July 2011 extended
the implementation and execution period, reallocated the budget and amended the Technical
and Administrative Provisions for implementation (TAPs).
The Financing Agreement set out the total budget of the EU's contribution at € 5 million with
no co-financing requirement on the part of the South African government. In 2012 additional
funding of € 2 million was made available as “top-up” funding to be coordinated by the PMU
but contracted by the EU Delegation through framework contracts.
The Dialogue Facility programme is being executed over eight years, which officially
commenced with the entry into force of the agreement on 27 February 2009 and ends on 26
February 2017.
The execution period comprises two phases; (i) an operational
implementation phase, which commenced on the entry into force of the Financing Agreement
and ends on 26 February 2015; and (ii) a closure phase, which commences on 27 February
2015 and expires on 26 February 2017.
In line with the Financing Agreement (Centralised Direct) the Programme was implemented
by the European Commission (through the EU Delegation to South Africa) as Contracting
Authority. The Programme is governed by a Steering Committee comprised of Department of
International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) (Co-Chair), EU Delegation (Co-Chair),
National Treasury, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Arts and Culture,
Department of Communications and Department of Higher Education and Training. The
Programme Steering Committee was extended during implementation to also include the
Department of Transport and the Department of Trade and Industry. DIRCO is the strategic
lead with the EU taking on the contractual and administrative lead.
c)

Policy context

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