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News announcement22 December 2022Directorate-General for International Partnerships1 min read

2022 Annual Report now published and soon available in 23 languages

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The 2022 Annual Report on the implementation of the EU's External Action Instruments in 2021 is now out and will soon also be available in other 23 languages.

The report outlines key aspects of the EU’s external action achievements in 2021 in the areas of international cooperation and development, European Neighbourhood Policy, humanitarian aid and civil protection, EU enlargement policy, peace, security and defence, crisis response and preparedness, human rights and democracy, gender equality and support to EU foreign policy objectives. 

Underlining our commitment to global solidarity, the EU and its 27 Member States remain the leading providers of official development aid, with a collective contribution of around €70.2 billion in 2021.

In this report, you will find other positive examples of EU-funded interventions in Europe and across the globe in 2021 illustrating our continuous efforts to deliver results and lead the global fightback against COVID-19. Through a ‘Team Europe’ approach, the EU and its Member State continued to harness the power of our international partnerships to fight inequalities, support a global recovery and build a more sustainable and inclusive world for all.

Some significant figures

  • The EU and its Member States remain the world’s leading donor of humanitarian assistance. In 2021, the EU alone allocated over €2.1 billion to humanitarian aid.
  • By the end of 2021, the EU and its Member States had disbursed €47.7 billion in financial support to help address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in over 140 partner countries.
  • By the end of 2021, the EU launched the Global Gateway strategy, its new offer to connect the world in a sustainable way.
  • The EU and its Member States also continued to champion education by pledging a leading contribution of €1.7 billion to the Global Partnership for Education until 2027.

Find out more about the EU’s achievements in 2021 by downloading the 2022 Annual Report and Staff Working Document.


Publication date
22 December 2022
Directorate-General for International Partnerships