External action budget

Under the external action budget the Commission has proposed to create a new broad instrument called the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).


What are the main differences with the last MFF?

  • There will be only one funding instrument. The NDICI will bring together the nine separate instruments under the current MFF
  • The envelope of the European Development Fund was outside the EU budget since it was part of a treaty-based instrument (Cotonou Agreement). This envelope will be part of the EU Budget and included in the NDICI through the geographic sub-envelops.


Here is an overview of the new instrument: the NDICI with the different envelops allocated for the different pillars:

the Neighbourhood, Development and International instrument


Do you want to know more about this new instrument? How the envelope will be allocated to the beneficiaries? Come and join our open entry course that we provide in Brussels on How to obtain EC funding and on how to manage an EC Grant Contract? During the courses, we will provide you with the latest details on this instrument which will be at the centre of the EU external action for the next seven years.