Draft 2023 EU ODA budget of US$12.7 billion marks slight decrease from 2022

On November 14, 2022, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a deal on the EU budget for 2023 with €12.3 billion (US$12.7 billion) slated for the Neighborhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) - Global Europe, a 0.7% decrease from 2022.

The budget for 2023 totals €186.6 billion (US$192.7 billion). The amount is €1 billion (US$1 billion) above the European Commission’s draft proposal due to negotiation by the Parliament. Budget lines include: 

  • €17.2 billion (US$17.8 billion) for external action under heading 6, ‘Neighborhood and the World’, including €12.3 billion (US$12.3 billion) for NDICI-Global Europe and €1.8 billion (US$1.8 billion) for humanitarian assistance. These programs received increases from the Commission’s draft proposal to enable additional support to Ukraine and Moldova;
  • €12.4 billion (US$12.8 billion) for Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation program; this includes an additional €10 million (US$10 million) for energy and climate research compared to the Commission’s draft proposal. The line increased 1.3% from 2022; and
  • €739 million (US$763 billion) for EU4Health, the dedicated health program for the EU.

The deal is expected to be ratified by both the Parliament and Council by the end of November, with a plenary vote in Parliament. The deal only needs a qualified majority in the Council and is also expected to pass there.

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