Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini at the press conference on Neighbourhood and the world

June 15, 2018
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(…) In the world of today there is a growing demand for a strong, reliable, predictable, and active European Union at a global level. This is why we propose a budget for external action today of €123 billion for the next 7-year period and that is an increase of more than 30% compared to the current period. (…)

We now propose a new instrument that will cover pretty much the whole world – it is called the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). It will be comprehensive in geographic and thematic terms. A few exceptions are, obviously, the candidate and potential candidate countries for membership to the European Union and the overseas countries and territories, but also humanitarian aid and, for legal reasons, nuclear safety. (…)

It will, I think, eliminate artificial bureaucratic barriers that now are there. If you think of any region – I take North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or I think of the Gulf and the Middle East – you have a division in our instruments currently that does not reflect the reality of the work we need to do. So having one instrument will allow us to overcome artificial barriers that we have had so far and will help us focus on political objectives and on results, being more flexible and more coherent. (…)



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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia