published on ettg.eu, 01.03.2021
The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) represents a fundamental reform for the European Union (EU)’s development policy, its neighbourhood policy and its external action more broadly. The new instrument, with a total budget of €79.5 billion for the next seven years, will integrate previously self-standing external funding instruments. It covers several policy areas and comes with new jargon and framing, such as ‘projecting European values’ or ‘putting Europe on the geopolitical map’. The new instrument will be implemented in a rapidly changing geopolitical context and will have to respond to unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.