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The EU sets out priority areas for cooperation with countries of Global Europe

The EU sets out priority areas for cooperation with countries of Global Europe
21 December 2021

The Commission has adopted the Multiannual Indicative Programmes (MIPs) of Global Europe setting out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world for 2021-27. This also includes the financial allocation for 2021-2024 (country level) and for 2021-2027 (regional level) that will support this cooperation for a total of almost €26.3 billion. The adoption of the country and regional MIPs will significantly contribute to climate actions, social inclusion and human development and migration and forced displacement and to achieve gender and biodiversity targets.

The priorities have been defined in consultation with the relevant partners' authorities and a real Team Europe approach, together with EU Member States, the European financial institutions, EIB and EBRD, as well as the European Parliament. Consultations were also held with Civil Society Organisations, including women and youth organisations, local authorities, representatives from the private sector, the UN and other like-minded partners. The agreed priorities are in line with the UN's 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the EU's Global Gateway Strategy.

Several projects in partner countries will be taken forward in the framework of Team Europe Initiatives that will receive substantial financial support, many of which will help deliver on the implementation of the Global Gateway. These initiatives will have to be jointly agreed upon, designed, implemented and monitored in a Team Europe approach.

Programming documents for countries and regions adopted, represent an amount of €26.336 billion. A mid-term review to be completed in 2024 will support the Commission's decision on country allocations for 2025-27.

For Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the Americas and the Caribbean countries and regions, the MIPs will deliver on the overarching EU policy objectives:

  • Green deal features in all MIPs
  • Digital agenda features in over 80% of the MIPs
  • Sustainable growth and decent jobs feature in around 70%
  • Migration is covered by more than half
  • Governance, peace and security features in nearly 90%
  • Social inclusion and human development are covered in more than 90%; in particular, education is addressed in 80% of MIPs
  • Gender is well mainstreamed in all MIPs

All the country and regional programming documents will be complemented by four thematic programmes already adopted: Human Rights and Democracy (€1.5 billion) Civil Society Organisations (€1.5 billion); Peace, Stability and Conflict prevention (€871 million) and Global Challenges (€3.6 billion). Finally, the ERASMUS+ MIP was adopted earlier this year and will benefit from the financing coming from the non-neighbourhood geographic envelopes with an amount of €1.79 billion.

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