External action: more funds for human rights, development and peace

Human rights

Center for Civil Rights, Atlanta, GA, United States (Michelle Bonkosky, 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 Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted its position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).

The new financial instrument would, once agreed by both Parliament and EU ministers, be used to distribute a large part of EU external action funding, 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, Parliament proposes 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 deteriorate

MEPs consider the promotion of democracy, peace and security, 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 full or partial suspension of their EU funding.

On top of that, Parliament proposes 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, MEPs 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.

Finally, MEPs insist that at least 95 % of the EU’s funding under this Regulation should contribute to actions designed in such a way that they fulfil the criteria for Official Development Assistance (an indicator of international aid flow), compared to the originally proposed 92 %.

More political control and better governance

While acknowledging the need for more flexibility when managing the EU’s external action instruments, Parliament also wants 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 420 votes in favour, with 146 against and 102 abstentions.

Next steps

In order to enter into force, the proposed NDICI will have to be agreed between Parliament and Council. Negotiations between the two EU institutions are expected to start later this year.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

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

How the inventor of the internet plans to make it safe and accessible for everyone

External action: more funds for human rights, development and peace

China invites the EU to a joint endeavor for free trade and order in the world

EP President praises Nobel Peace Prize award to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Talent is worldwide. Opportunity is not. How can we redistribute it?

Prosecution of Paraguay judges over peasant ‘massacre’ ruling could undermine rule of law: UN expert

The EU pollution rights trading system frozen

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

EU Parliament: A catastrophic crisis management by European leaders

Who and why want the EU-US trade agreement here and now

Cédric in India

Brexit talks stalled at launch; issues with European Court’s authority in Britain

5 amazing people fighting to save the oceans

MEPs propose measures to combat mobbing and sexual harassment

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

UN chief welcomes new Government in Lebanon, after eight-month impasse

Why Africa must be ready to take the quantum leap

7 ways for businesses to capture the youth dividend

Alarming number of women mistreated during childbirth, new UN health agency figures show

Yemen war: UN-backed talks to silence the guns due to begin in Stockholm

Ocean life faces ‘onslaught of threats’ from human activity, but tools exist to save it

Why Eurozone urgently needs the ECB to print and distribute at least €500 billion

115 rejections and no pay. What it really takes to be an entrepreneur

The UK to split if May’s hard or no-deal Brexit is pursued

European car industry: The Germans want it all

Idea of ‘homogenous’ Polish culture is a myth: UN human rights expert

EU and African leaders to jointly tackle the migration crisis across the Mediterranean

Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies

Deadly swine fever threatens Asia, UN agriculture agency warns, urging regional collaboration

Now doctors can manipulate genetics to modify babies, is it ethical?

Migration crisis will keep deteriorating as common EU political will is simply not there

UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes in the Mekong River Delta of Viet Nam

Why is the World Health Organisation so much needed?

‘Path to peace’ on Korean Peninsula only possible through diplomacy and full denuclearization: US tells Security Council

Multilateralism more vital than ever, as World War centenary looms: Security Council

EU helps tackle air pollution in Kosovo with €76.4 million

European Junior Enterprise Network – Ready to take the Step Into the Future?

YO!Fest back in Strasbourg for the 2nd edition of the European Youth Event – 20-21 May 2016

Don’t let smoking steal life’s breathtaking moments, urges UN health agency

Africa must ‘value youth’ in the drive towards lasting peace, young envoy tells Security Council

Parliamentary bid to democratize Myanmar constitution a ‘positive development’ says UN rights expert

After globalization what? Europe’s long, straining shake-up post Davos wreckage

The five stages of the Chief Digital Officer – and why they often fail

Bram in Colombia

Labels for tyres: deal for greener and safer road transport

EU Budget: InvestEU Programme to support jobs, growth and innovation in Europe

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India

EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer

What the future holds for the EU – China relations?

Climate change: Direct and indirect impacts on health

EU Parliament shows its teeth in view of 2014 elections

Only one in five countries has a healthcare strategy to deal with climate change

CHINA: five letters that could mean…

An economist explains why women are paid less

2018 Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Maria Ressa of the Philippines

Brexiteer May gets lip-service from Trump and Turkish promises from Erdogan

Climate change brings a host of other risks for businesses

Oslo leads the way in ‘Breathe Life’ campaign for cleaner cities in climate change era

These are the places with the most climate change deniers

The world is facing more disasters. This is how data can help us reduce that risk

More Stings?

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