EU CSOs call on the EU institutions to defend the most development, humanitarian aid, democracy and human rights oriented instruments during the negotiations on the breakdown of Heading 4 of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020.

Key messages:

  • EU institutions need to prioritize those instruments which are most focused on development, humanitarian aid, democracy and human rights, i.e. the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), the Humanitarian Aid Instrument, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Instrument for Stability (IfS) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). At least 70% of Heading 4 should be allocated to these 5 instruments.
  • At least 30% of Heading 4 should be allocated to the DCI, at least 10% should go to the Humanitarian Aid Instrument, at least 2.38% to the EIDHR, and the budget of these 3 instruments cannot be lower than their level in the 2007-2013 MFF.
  • EU institutions need to revise the proposal to ensure a more balanced year by year distribution, in order to alleviate the real cuts between 2013 and the next years.