Brussels, 29 June 2018 – CONCORD is worried by the political directions endorsed by the European Council’s decisions to continue lowering the number of migrants’ arrivals to Europe. Putting all the stakes in ring-fencing the EU and reinforcing our borders to stop migrants may easily be proven to be ineffective and a breach to founding European values.
Today, the European Commission has released the legal framework for the external funding instruments of the future EU budget (MFF 2021-2027). CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, raises concerns that unproven investment schemes and migration control will overshadow the EU’s commitments to promote human rights, sustainable development and the fight against poverty.
Safeguards against sexual exploitation and abuse in development and humanitarian action – European NGOs action points
At the end of April, CONCORD was invited to discuss the recently highlighted issue of sexual misconduct in humanitarian work in the course of a joint workshop with the European Parliament’s DEVE committee. This piece, written by Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director, addresses the issue, and lists the different actions points for EU NGOs. It is drawn from his speaking points and is the product of collaboration and input from many CONCORD members and national platforms across the EU.
Ahead of the European Commission’s communication on the future EU budget, CONCORD reacts to the proposal of a single External Instrument. By merging 12 instruments into one in the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, the EU would not live up to its commitments on sustainable development. Read our redlines and concerns.
Digitalisation is one of the key and most dynamic mega-trends influencing development today. The Internet of things, big data, automation, robotisation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing…. These technologies are driven by digitalisation. In order to understand how the future of development cooperation will be shaped in the digital era and to map how familiar European NGOs and CSOs are with these concepts, CONCORD and FOND Romania launch a survey which we invite you to complete by 6 April.
On 22 November, CONCORD, in partnership with the S&D, hosted an event in the European Parliament to discuss the first findings of an ongoing research on the management of the EU Trust Fund for Africa.