At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The EU’s development policy is set out in the European Consensus on Development, renewed in 2017. It focuses on interlinking sectors (such as development, peace, and humanitarian assistance), increasing effectiveness of EU development assistance by increasing country ownership, and combining traditional financing with private-sector and domestic resources. 
  • Funding to address humanitarian assistance, conflict-affected regions and migration inside and outside of the EU currently are and will remain a strong focus of the EU’s ODA. 

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Outlook
  • EU institutions failed to make progress on the MFF 2021-2027 negotiations during the European Council summit held on October 17-18, 2019.  Leaders abandoned their objective of reaching an MFF agreement by the end of the year, following which, the summit conclusions called for the presidency to submit a revised negotiating document for the draft MFF legislation by the end of 2019.
  • The European Parliament elections were held in May 2019. In July 2019, the parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council’s nominee, as the first female European Commission (Commission) President. She will assume office in November 2019. While her plans regarding the overarching EU development policy are not completely clear yet, based on her initial statements, key focus areas are expected to converge on global health, climate change, education and skills, infrastructure, sustainable growth, and security. More conclusive details will be presented once the Commission’s new Development Commissioner has been appointed most likely by early November 2019.
  • The Cotonou Agreement, which governs the EU’s relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries, is being renewed for 2020-2040. Instead of a single agreement, the new deal will comprise of one overarching definition of common values and interests, plus three distinct agreements for each region, to be finalized by the end of 2019.