In May and June 2018, the European Commission presented its proposals for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the future budget of the European Union. The proposals envision far-reaching changes in the EU’s financing for external action (Heading 6). More funding would be allocated to this area and most of the EU financing instruments would be consolidated under a broad instrument called the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).
Such simplified architecture aims to improve the flexibility of EU external action and make it more responsive to European interests. The proposals state that the EU geographic priorities will be the European neighbourhood and Africa. Thematically, they put a strong emphasis on security and migration. However, some actors fear that too much flexibility will come at the expenses of a development focus or the Neighbourhood; and much remains to be detailed on the governance of this proposed instrument.
Following an invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, ECDPM will facilitate to seminars on the MFF 2021-2027, one for the staff of the Ministry and other in Tallinn, and another for external stakeholders. The aim of the seminars is to inform these actors on the topic and highlight some of the most relevant issues for the ongoing MFF negotiations. The presentations will be based on ECDPM ongoing research and its engagement with institutional actors in Brussels and in several European capitals.
For more information on the programme, please click here.
To know more about ECDPM’s work on the EU budget, visit our dossier page.