Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

Brussels, 12 December 2018 – Ahead of the European Council during which the external relations part of the future EU budget will be discussed, CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, urges EU leaders to safeguard the amount dedicated to Heading VI (external relations) and agree on the political timeline. The future development aid budget and the European Union’s engagement in addressing global challenges is at stake.

Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

EU budget: development aid blended with foreign policy objectives

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.  

What does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation? – Meeting DEVE Committee

What does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation? – Meeting DEVE Committee

CONCORD Europe was invited to speak during the DEVE Committee meeting on 16 May, 2018 under the agenda point “Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027: what does it mean for development cooperation?“. Katerzyna Lemanska (Coordination SUD/GHA) was representing our confederation, in the presence of the DEVE committee and the European Commission. Here are the outcomes of the discussion. 

What does the future EU budget mean for development cooperation? – Meeting DEVE Committee

EU Budget: Development aid low-ranked in favour of EU’s own political interests

Today, the European Commission has released its communication on the Multi-annual Financial framework (2021-2027). CONCORD, the European Confederation of development NGOs, welcomes the budget dedicated to external actions but raises concern on the merge of external instruments allocated to development aid which will put aid objectives in jeopardy.

Future EU Budget delay? Funding gap could put vital development aid at risk

Future EU Budget: CONCORD’s reaction to the single External Instrument proposal

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. 

Reporting back from the launch of the GCE Funding Study

Reporting back from the launch of the GCE Funding Study

On 8 March 2018, CONCORD launched  its report on GCE “Global Citizenship Education in Europe: How much do we care?”. Why should we care about global citizenship education? How much funding goes to GCE in Europe? How much should we invest in Global Citizenship Education? These questions were addressed in the report and discussed by the panellists, including experts from DEVCO and UNESCO.

New Report on Funding Global Citizenship Education in Europe

New Report on Funding Global Citizenship Education in Europe

While Global Citizenship Education is recognised by many as a powerful tool to resolve the current global challenges our world is facing, the level of investment by national governments remains limited. Why is that? To answer this situation, CONCORD launches its new report “Global Citizenship Education – How much do we care?”. Based on a research across all EU Member States (+ Norway), this publication reveals the level of funding dedicated to Global Citizenship Education in Europe between 2011 and 2015.

NGOs funded by the EU: your accountability is being put into question!

NGOs funded by the EU: your accountability is being put into question!

On February 6th, CONCORD participated in a workshop in the European Parliament organised by the Budgetary Control Committee on the Study “Democratic Accountability and Budgetary Control of NGOs Funded by the EU Budget”. This recent study is key for NGOs funded by the EU as it addressed important issues such as transparency and accountability, the functioning of the Financial Transparency System and the Transparency Register. Read the key findings and suggestions on how NGOs should tackle the criticisms mentioned in the report.