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In June 2018, the European Commission put forward its proposal for a new EU Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) within the context of negotiations of the next EU long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF). The proposed regulation (2018/0243) represents a substantial redesign of the EU’s framework for financing its external action.

While the Commission has emphasised the streamlined and integrated nature of the proposed new instrument, an inherent tension exists in combining development and foreign policy objectives within a single new mechanism. Some stakeholders have expressed unease that the merging of development and foreign policy functions under the NDICI could allow the EU to prioritise its strategic external action objectives under the auspices of – and with the resources of – development cooperation.

This brief will outline the shape of the proposed NDICI and consider the positions and concerns of a number of key stakeholders, including the EU institutions, Member States and NGOs.

You can read this brief here.