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EU Action for Sustainability: 10 recommendations from CONCORD

EU Action for Sustainability: 10 recommendations from CONCORD

EU Member States and the European Parliament are preparing their respective responses to the Commission’s Communication ‘Next steps for a sustainable European future’. To make the best use of these timely opportunities, CONCORD has set out 10 recommendations for each of these actors, so they can rectify the lack of ambition the EU has displayed thus far in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

140 million euros of EU funding a year at risk for UK NGOs after Brexit

140 million euros of EU funding a year at risk for UK NGOs after Brexit

CONCORD in the news – This article, including an interview of Johannes Trimmel, our President, has been published in Devex on April 4th. The UK NGOs could miss out on 140 million euros of funding a year from the European Union as a result of Brexit.

Call for consultants: Research on the Multi-annual Financial Framework

We are looking for a consultant to conduct our next research on the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2021. Application can be sent until the 15th of May. More information and Terms of Reference in the blogpost.

Call for consultants: AidWatch Report 2017

Do you have experience in working with quantitative and quality data analysis and excellent English writing and editing skills? Are you acquainted with EU Development Cooperation issues? If you possess all these skills and knowledge, you completely fit the profile of our next AidWatch Report consultant. Send your application by April 12th at noon (CET).

The future of Europe is about listening

The future of Europe is about listening

Inspiring blogpost from Laura Sullivan, our Vice-President, on the future of Europe – Last week I went to Rome for the EU 60 events, especially to meet lots of other civil society organisations trying to help reflect on the past and future of the EU. Whilst there I tried to reconcile a couple of things in my head.

140 million euros of EU funding a year at risk for UK NGOs after Brexit

Our three demands for a Brexit putting people and our planet first

By the end of the month, Theresa May, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom will formally trigger the Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon as the first official step for UK to begin the negotiations to exit the European Union. In reaction to that, we are presenting our open letter co-written by Farah Nazeer, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Bond and Johannes Trimmel, President of CONCORD. This op-ed lists 3 key recommendations for UK leaders and EU government officials from the perspective of development focused civil society sector organisations.

Opposition rises to planned agriculture mega-mergers

Opposition rises to planned agriculture mega-mergers

More than 200 organisations have today raised their objections to the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations. – Joint press release from Friends of the Earth Europe, EFFAT, European Coordination of Via Campesina and CONCORD Europe.

Over 230 NGOs join our call for the Europe We Want

Over 230 NGOs join our call for the Europe We Want

The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is a huge opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go – in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe. Going in that direction, more than 230 Civil society organisations and trade unions have signed the joint statement entitled “The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive” which has been sent to EU leaders.

60 years of European Union : Join the mobilisation in Rome

60 years of European Union : Join the mobilisation in Rome

On March 25th, the European Union will turn 60, the Treaty of Rome that founded the European Community, has been signed 60 years ago from now. This week, EU leaders, EU citizens and EU civil society will gather next week in Rome to celebrate this milestone and organise several events and demonstrations around it. CONCORD and its allies will be there too. Don’t miss the actions listed in the blogpost below.

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.

Human rights? Irrelevant for EU migration policies!

Human rights? Irrelevant for EU migration policies!

On the occasion of the EU leaders meeting, taking place in Valletta on February 8-9, CONCORD expresses its concern that Official Development Assistance (ODA) is increasingly used for the promotion of European migration and security interests. This is policy incoherence in its worst form, ignoring the EU Treaty obligation for Policy Coherence for Development and the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development.

What will the Maltese EU Presidency work on?

What will the Maltese EU Presidency work on?

From January to June 2017, Malta is chairing the EU Council. In that framework, civil society organisations, such as SKOP (Malta’s national NGDO platform and member of CONCORD) will use this opportunity to promote development education and raise awareness on development and cooperation policies. The following article will guide you through the Maltese priorities as well as the main development activities covered under the Presidency.

A look back on the Second High Level meeting in Nairobi

A look back on the Second High Level meeting in Nairobi

It is now a month since the second High-Level Meeting in Nairobi concluded. Looking back, was it a success? Certainly as the HLM concluded the civil society delegates were delighted with the outcome. Here is how it happened. Article written by Justin Kilcullen, former Co-Chair of CPDE.

Main outcomes of the post-Cotonou event

Main outcomes of the post-Cotonou event

For two days, on December 6th and 7th, CONCORD and the FIP-IFP organised a seminar on the post-Cotonou process. These 2 days closed with a multi-stakeholders debate, titled “Stand up for a better future for all”. What came out of this process? What have we learned? What are the next steps? Read the joint statement and discover much more in this blogpost.

No more EU deals to keep migrants out

No more EU deals to keep migrants out

CONCORD in the news: The EU’s new partnership with Third World countries, modelled on the controversial Turkey deal, and trust funds to limit migration and return refugees to their home countries, have little safeguards for human rights, argue Jessica Poh-Janrell and Andrea Stocchiero of CONCORD.

A look back on the Second High Level meeting in Nairobi

European development NGOs urge the EU to agree an action plan that respects their promises on development and aid effectiveness

Today, as the EU adopted its Common Position for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation High Level Meeting taking place in Nairobi on 30 November – 1 December, Europe’s development NGOs urged EU leaders to set themselves a clear timeline to achieve their commitments, crucial to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Stand up for a better future for all – Event on post-Cotonou

Stand up for a better future for all – Event on post-Cotonou

On December 7th, CONCORD and the Slovak Presidency will host an open dialogue on the future of the Cotonou Agreement. The event, titled “Stand up for a better future for all” will bring together authorities and Civil Society Organisations from both the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, to discuss the future of the EU’s partnership with 79 ACP states after 2020.

“Now actions must speak louder than words” European NGOs react on future European development policy

“Now actions must speak louder than words” European NGOs react on future European development policy

In a first response to European Commission proposals on a new European Consensus on Development, CONCORD Europe calls for the translation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action and will be monitoring European governments to ensure the commitments will be followed through in legally binding policies and instruments.