The EU’s external action budget will see a 16% or €11.3bn cut compared to the original proposal presented by the European Commission.

 
 
(Brussels, 19/11/2013) The European Parliament has endorsed the EU’s future budget for the next seven years today which earmarks €58.704bn for external action, a spending area that includes development and humanitarian aid.
 
CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, regrets that the external action budget will see a 16% or €11.3bn cut compared to the original proposal presented by the European Commission.
 
Commenting on the new budget deal was Karine Sohet, of CONCORD’s MFF working group:
 
“EU lawmakers have taken further austerity measures today that will weaken Europe’s role on the world stage, especially efforts to tackle global poverty. The lower future budget means that EU member states will have to double national efforts if they remain serious in reaching their development aid commitments due in 2015.”
 
CONCORD is now looking forward to an agreement on the different regulations for development cooperation
 
Negotiations on the EU’s Development Cooperation Instrument
 
“While we welcome the agreement on the overall volume of the MFF today, we urgently need to reach a final agreement on the Development Cooperation Instrument. The delivery of essential development aid is being held up as a result of political wrangling – EU institutions are effectively holding millions of potential beneficiaries hostage by failing to move forward on this.” said Alexandra Makaroff, Head of Plan’s EU Office.
 
CONCORD now calls on all EU institutions to protect and defend this minimal budget in future annual budget processes and the 2016 mid-term review. In addition, it will be important to clearly monitor that 90% all external action expenses are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA), without diluting what we mean by ODA in terms of definition or reporting.
ENDS
1. CONCORD has published a new report ‘EU Budget 2014-2020: Fit for the Fight against Global Poverty?’, assessing the the context, process and content of the framework, together with its implications for delivering upon EU development commitments up until 2020.
 
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