The European Union has demonstrated great leadership in making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris climate agreement or human rights conventions. The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will need to reflect these existing commitments and provide the EU with the sufficient budget to positively contribute to development cooperation.

Post-2020: Maintaining the EU’s leading position

In a changing, complex and increasingly interconnected world, “carrying on as we are” or “doing less together” are simply not options for the European Union (EU) or its member states (MSs). Poverty, inequality, shrinking civic space, human insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation, violence and human rights violations – all are still part of our world’s shared reality. What happens elsewhere is a concern also for the EU. Collectively, the EU and its member states are the world’s leading donor of development and humanitarian aid, and they have everywhere been at the forefront of promoting sustainable development and the European values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality.
The EU demonstrated great leadership in making the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, made positive and constructive contributions to the Paris climate agreement and to human rights conventions. The EU Consensus on Development sets out how the EU will support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda outside Europe. The Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy embodies a commitment to living up to EU values, making a positive difference in the world, acting globally to address the root causes of conflict and poverty, promoting human rights, and acting responsibly as a global stakeholder.

Our position: A budget that reflects EU development and humanitarian commitments

CONCORD’s Position Paper on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) outlines selected key issues related to the EU’s development and humanitarian funding and also how the EU must reflect these existing commitments and live up to the values that have inspired the EU’s creation and development.