On Tuesday 9 October, the European Parliament’s AFET and DEVE committees discussed the challenges of the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) for the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial framework (MFF) with a panel composed of experts, MEPs, EEAS and the European Commission representatives.
The European Commission proposes merging seven different instruments - currently used to fund different external policies - with the aim of simplifying and adding more coherence in EU cooperation and development policies. Broadly speaking, the instrument’s budget would be divided into three, with a Geographic component (75%), a Thematic component (8%) and a Rapid Response component (17%) and includes a cushion for emerging challenges and priorities.
During the debate, MEPs and members of the Panel, including a CONCORD representative, stressed several concerns such as migration becoming a condition for development and cooperation aid and external policies that focus essentially on state security and border control. These short-term priorities could become counter-effective and detrimental to development policies.
In light of this, SOLIDAR join CONCORD's call to push for #Budget4Solidarity and to safeguard and ensure the principles and objectives of Sustainable Development, poverty eradication and the realisation of Human Rights at the core of any future EU decisions.