Development Cooperation Instrument

Development Cooperation Instrument (2008–2013) covers three components:[1] 1. Geographic programmers supporting co-operation with 47 developing countries in Latin America, Asia & Central Asia, the Gulf region and South Africa. 2. Thematic programmes benefiting all developing countries (including those covered by the European Development Fund 3. Programmes of accompanying measures for the 18 ACP Sugar Protocol countries, to help them adjust and following the reform of the EU sugar regime.

The Development Cooperation Instrument is currently the second-largest financial instrument under Budget of the European Union's Heading 4 (Global Europe).[1]

In 2005, the EU and its Member States agreed to achieve a collective level of ODA of 0.7% of GNI by 2015 and an interim target of 0.56% by 2010, with differentiated intermediate targets for those EU Member States which had recently joined the Union. On 23 May 2011, EU ministers responsible for development co-operation gathered to take stock of progress made and concluded that additional efforts would be needed to close an estimated gap of €50 billion to reach the collective EU target of 0.7% by 2015.[1]

The negotiations for the Budget of the European Union 2014–2020 are currently ongoing.

On 29 June 2011, the European Commission presented the Communication 'A budget for Europe 2020' to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.[2] The amount for heading 4 (Global Europe) covering EU external action was in December 2011 further specified by the publication of proposals for a regulations for each of the specific instruments under heading 4. For the Development Cooperation Instrument, the proposed amount for the period 2014–2020 is €23,294.7 million.[3]

In tough economic times,[when?] seven Member States (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) argued during 26 March General Affairs Council meeting that the European Commission’s proposed overall amount for the Budget of the European Union should be reduced by €100 billion, or in the case of Sweden, by more than €100 billion. How this will influence the overall amount allocated for EU's development co-operation remains to be seen.[4]

In 2021 it was merged into Global Europe.

See also

External links

  • Financing instrument for development cooperation – DCI (2007–2013)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1905/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation OJ L 378, 27.12.2006, p. 41–71
  • The Annual Report 2009 on the European Community's Development and External Assistance Policies and their Implementation in 2008 :
  • Annual Report 2009


  1. ^ a b c Kilnes, U., N. Keijzer, J. van Seters and A. Sherriff More or less? A financial analysis of the proposed 11th European Development Fund (ECDPM Briefing Note 29). Maastricht: European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  2. ^ "A Budget for Europe 2020" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2012.
  4. ^ Kilnes, U. with A. Sherriff. 2012. Member States’ positions on the proposed 2014–2020 EU Budget – An analysis of the statements made at the 26th of March General Affairs Council meeting with particular reference to External Action and the EDF. (ECDPM Briefing Note 37). Maastricht: European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)