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Assessing the flow of external migration funding – CONCORD’s position

On 19 June 2018, the Committees on Budget, Budgetary Control, Foreign Affairs and Development jointly organised a joint hearing entitled Assessing the flow of external EU migration funding. Fanni Bihari, from ACT Alliance EU, represented our confederation in this public debate aiming at assessing the flow of current expenditure on the migration-related projets and the EU Trusts Funds. Find here the main take-aways of her presentation, a useful summary of CONCORD’s position on that matter.

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European Council’s measures on migration: ineffective, costly and against Human Rights

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.

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Reporting back from CONCORD General Assembly 2018

Our 15th General Assembly gathered our members in Brussels for 2 days on June 13th and 14th. The 2018’s edition marked several important milestones for our constituency: new statutes, renewal of half the board and new financial guidelines, without forgetting the sessions on the EU elections 2019 and the future EU budget (MFF). The discussions were intense but rewarded by a festive celebration moment at the end of the first day.

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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.  

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Reaction to Aquarius case: We stand for a Europe of global solidarity with migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Brussels 12/06/2018 –  The Migration experts of CONCORD Europe, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, strongly condemn the decision of the Italian government to close the harbours for the reception of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean and ask all Member States to share the reception by opening their harbours, as done by the Spanish government, and by opening new regular pathways.

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Publication: Women’s Rights and Trade – Time for a radical shift

No EU trade policy is gender-neutral. Today, European decision-makers widely acknowledge that fact and recognises that this needs to be addressed. Gender receives more and more attention in trade agreements but there is still work to be done. In this publication, CONCORD and WIDE+ call for and explain why a fundamental shift is needed towards a EU trade policy which should give as much importance to human rights and environmental standards as to economic indicators.

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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. 

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EU Country Roadmaps for engagement with Civil Society – Briefing paper 2018

In 2018, EU Delegations have been updating the EU country roadmaps for Engagement with Civil Society. During the previous cycle, more than 100 country roadmaps were adopted, most of which covered the period 2014-2017. In order to facilitate the engagement of civil society with the EU Delegations in the process of consultation at country level, CONCORD has designed this briefing paper in 3 languages (EN, FR, ES).

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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.

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