This ex post evaluation focuses on the assessment of the Phare Programme support allocated by the European Community to ten central and eastern European candidate countries. The evaluation covers the country support allocated in the years 1997–1998 and implemented until the end of 2001. The European Commission, Directorate General for Enlargement launched the evaluation with three purposes:
- assisting candidate countries in drawing lessons by supporting a series of ten country evaluations implemented in partnership with their administrations;
- providing, for the purposes of the Commission’s reporting, external accountability on the use of the Phare funds; and
- supporting the building of evaluation capacity in the candidate countries by involving and training local consultants and evaluation managers from the partner country administrations.
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