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A new association of the Overseas Countries and Territories (including Greenland) with the European Union [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Eric Pichon (2nd edition, updated on 20.02.2019),

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On 14 June 2018, in preparation for the new multiannual financial framework (2021 to 2027 MFF), the European Commission published a proposal for a Council decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories, including Greenland, with the European Union. For Greenland the main source of EU funding is currently the EU budget, while for the other overseas countries and territories, it is the European Development Fund, a financial instrument outside the EU budget. The proposed decision would bring together the funds for all EU overseas countries and territories under the EU budget, as part of new Heading 6 ‘Neighbourhood and the world’. The European Parliament, which is only consulted, has adopted its legislative resolution on the proposal, in which it calls for an increase of the proposed budget for 2021-2027, and for better account to be taken of OCTs’ social and environmental circumstances.


Proposal for a Council decision on the Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories with the European Union including relations between the European Union on the one hand, and Greenland and the Kingdom of Denmark on the other (‘Overseas Association Decision’)
Committee responsible: Development (DEVE) COM(2018) 461
Rapporteur: Maurice Ponga (EPP, France) 2018/0244 (CNS)
Shadow rapporteurs:



Doru-Claudian Frunzulică (S&D, Romania)
Eleni Theocharous (ECR, Cyprus)
Jan Zahradil (ECR, Czech Republic)
Charles Goerens (ALDE, Luxembourg)
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Maria Heubuch (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Consultation procedure – Parliament adopts only a non-binding opinion
Next steps expected: Adoption by Council






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