The next EU budget (2021-2027) is under negotiation. In April the European Parliament confirmed its stand on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), which will determine EU development cooperation during this period. The Parliament’s position includes crucial provisions to ensure that the instrument is up to the task of eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and supporting sustainable development.
Last week Eurodad and Concord sent a letter to the European Council and its Member States urging them to follow the Parliament’s direction in their negotiations of the NDICI instrument. The letter builds on a 10-point position paper that Eurodad and Concord developed last year on the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+), which will be an EU financial arm comprising a single worldwide blending facility and a new External Action Guarantee with a ceiling of €60 billion.
Eurodad and Concord are calling on Member States to:
Although the negotiations might be extended until early 2020, it will be important for the Council, its Members States and the new European Parliament to send clear messages on their commitment on eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and on the EU’s contribution to achieving the Agenda 2030.
To follow the co-decision process on NDICI:European Union Law Observatory