The European Commission opens a public consultation on its financing instruments for external action

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The Commission has launched a public consultation to gather the views and experiences of all relevant parties on its external financing instruments adopted in 2021:

  • the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe (NDICI-Global Europe),
  • the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III),
  • the European Instrument for International Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC),
  •  the Decision on the Overseas Association, including Greenland (DOAG)

The public consultation is taking  place through the Have your Say platform from April to June (12 weeks).

The results of the public consultation will feed into the Commission’s mid-term evaluation of the instruments, which will be submitted to Parliament and Council by 31 December 2024. The main topics of the consultation will cover efficiency, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and the relevance of the objectives of the instruments, as well as the added value of replacing previously separate instruments with one broad instrument in case of NDICI-Global Europe and the DOAG.

The evaluation also includes the final evaluation of the 2014-2020 External Financing Instruments and of the 11th European Development Fund.

Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “Two years after we adopted NDICI-Global Europe and the other external financing instruments, it is time to assess their added value and prepare the next steps. I am keen to receive views and experiences from stakeholders from all over the world. These instruments are the pillars of our contribution to achieve our international commitments and objectives, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement in particular.”

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi said::” We are using the funds from NDICI-Global Europe for the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III) in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, to support their economies and development to bring growth, jobs and prosperity through more investments to its citizens and businesses, notably through the implementation of the Economic and Investment Plans. Our support also helps these regions to address the consequences of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. The views of the citizens on the performance of our financing instruments will be an important guidance for our future orientations.

The questionnaire of the public consultation is available on the EU Survey with a set of nine general questions and twelve expert questions. They are available in five languages: English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Background

NDICI-Global Europe, with an overall allocation of €79.5 billion, is an essential tool to support partner countries in their long-term development. It is also critical for the European Union’s response to the global challenges and multiple crises the global community is facing with with deep economic, social and environmental consequences.

IPA III, with an overall allocation of €14,2, supports the beneficiaries in adopting and implementing the political, institutional, legal, administrative, social and economic reforms required by those beneficiaries to comply with Union values and to progressively align to Union rules, standards, policies and practices (‘acquis’) with a view to future Union membership, thereby contributing to mutual stability, security, peace and prosperity.

The European Instrument for International Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC), with an overall allocation of €300 million, supports the promotion of nuclear safety culture, the safe management of radioactive spent fuel and waste and the implementation of effective and efficient nuclear safeguards.

The Decision on the Overseas Association including Greenland (DOAG), with an overall allocation of €500 million, aims at promoting the economic and social development of the Overseas Countries and Territories and at establishing close economic relations between them and the Union as a whole.

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