Building bricks for Heading VI: neighbourhood and the world
The European Union (the EU) and its citizens have been proud of the EU’s reputation as a top, principled, effective aid donor. The next EU long-term budget is a key moment for the future of Europe and the planet. Never before has it been so important for the EU to get the Budget right. The Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement must act as a blueprint for the EU Budget. However, CONCORD Europe believes that the external action architecture proposed by the European Commission represents an unfortunate departure from its own principled approach to development aid. The EC’s proposal published on 2 May clearly departs from sustainable development interests and positions the EU’s foreign policy and shorter term political interests as the central guiding principles. Placing political self-interest at the centre of external action, as reflected in the current proposal, will erode trust in the EU’s influence and reputation.