External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

bangladesh 2019

(Adrien Taylor, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs.

On Monday, the Foreign Affairs and Development committees adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).

The new financial instrument would, once agreed by both Parliament and EU ministers, channel the lion’s share of EU external action funds, with a proposed budget of € 93.154 billion in current prices for the 2021-2027 period, an increase of almost EUR 4 billion compared to the EU Commission’s proposal.

The NDICI merges most of the EU’s current external financing instruments, including the European Development Fund, into one broad instrument. Once in force, it will be the EU’s main tool to foster cooperation with non-EU countries in the neighbourhood and beyond, and to implement its international commitments deriving from the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Concretely, MEPs propose that 45% of NDICI funds should support climate and environmental objectives.

The new instrument would also establish a framework (the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus) for external investments intended to raise additional financial resources for sustainable development from the private sector.

Funds suspended if democracy or rule of law is breached

MEPs consider the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights to be central objectives of EU external action. Countries that backslide in those areas should therefore face having their EU funding suspended, say MEPs.

On top of that, MEPs propose to increase the funds for human rights and democracy activities worldwide to at least € 2 billion. Given the shrinking space for civil society all over the world, they want to increase the EU’s financing for civil society organisations to € 2,2 billion, with an additional € 0,5 billion to go to local authorities.

More political control and better governance

While acknowledging the need for more flexibility when managing the EU’s external action instruments, MEPs want to balance this with more parliamentary control, as well as strengthened governance and accountability provisions for the programming and administration of funds.

The text was approved by 46 votes in favour, with 6 against and 10 abstentions.

Next steps

The plenary will vote on the text during the 25 – 28 March plenary session in Strasbourg. In order to enter into force, the proposed NDICI would then have to be agreed between Parliament and Council.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech

UN urges protection of indigenous peoples’ rights during migration

Business leaders join UN to rev up sustainable development investments

THE COMMITTEES: ‘All roads lead to the Fifth’

Uzbekistan wins its long fight against malaria, as global rates continue to rise

Better understanding the psychological impact caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Competition: The European Commission launches a process to address the issue of collective bargaining for the self-employed

UN ready to rise above political fray and help Venezuelans based ‘on need, and need alone’

Overcoming the paralysis of trust management across a fractured IT landscape

Korea should improve the quality of employment for older workers

Debunked: 5 myths about the future of work

This man ran across the USA to raise awareness of plastic pollution

Sustainable development demands a broader vision, says new OECD Development Centre report

How AI can inspire doctors to be more inventive

Why a coronavirus vaccine takes over a year to produce – and why that is incredibly fast

Venezuela: ‘Shocked’ by alleged torture, death of navy captain, UN human rights chief urges ‘in-depth’ investigation

FIRST PERSON: An artist’s ‘obsession’ with New Orleans tradition

Air pollution: How to end the deaths of 7 million people per year?

Greening the Belt and Road is essential to our climate’s future

Glaringly false reassurances about the repercussions of the EU-US free trade agreement

Asia’s plastic problem is choking the world’s oceans. Here’s how to fix it

Slovakia and its failure to abide by the European law

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission

UN forum spotlights cities, where struggle for sustainability ‘will be won or lost’

World Migratory Bird Day highlights deadly risks of plastic pollution

Medical students of today, technological doctors of tomorrow

Children who exercise have more brain power, finds study

US now has most coronavirus cases in the world – Today’s coronavirus updates

The completion of the European Banking Union attracts billions of new capital for Eurozone banks

Amid troop build-up in Rohingya’s home state, UN appeals to Myanmar for peaceful solution

Draghi’s negative interest rates help Eurozone’s cohesion

Central America: drought, resulting crop losses threaten food security of two million people, UN warns

Brexit: the time has come for the UK to clarify its position

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms

UN chief extends condolences to families of China landslide casualties

How Islamic finance can build resilience to climate change

EU out to conquer African Union summit

Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education, says UN Assembly President

Security Council extends mandate of UN Interim Force in Lebanon for a year

UN chief urges India and Pakistan to dial down tensions in wake of Kashmir attack

The impact of COVID-19 on the life of the elderly

A reflection of health inequity in recent epidemics

North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid ‘increased sophistication’ of attackers, warns UN

We can meet the SDGs using the wisdom of crowds. Here’s how

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

Fair completion rules and the law of gravity don’t apply to banks

Why Europe is more competitive than the US

EU strengthens cooperation with Ethiopia

First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

How COVID-19 revealed 3 critical AI procurement blindspots that could put lives at risk

We need to talk about failure in the social sector

The West and Russia took what they wanted from Ukraine

Financial services are changing. Here’s how

9 climate tipping points pushing Earth to the point of no return

Climate change: Another year of record gas emissions, warns UN meteorological agency

EU will not deliver on promises without democratic accountability

What are we actually working for?

EU readies for eventual annulment of the Turkish agreement on immigrants-refugees

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s