Statement on the final MFF 2021-2027 negotiations outcome

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Women's rights and trade

In July 2020, after two years of extensive negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, the European Council has reached an agreement, which, in certain aspects, can be considered an ambitious recovery plan for the European Union.

However, this is not the case for Heading VI: Neighbourhood and the World, to which major cuts were made. These cuts are particularly regrettable following the joint letter co-signed by CONCORD, which was sent to EU Heads of State from European civil society networks in early June 2020, to present recommendations on Heading VI.

Civil society is at a pivotal point with only ten years left to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amongst a global sanitary and climate crisis in addition to immense pressure on civil society and human rights. The EU’s ambitions to meet international commitments, such as the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, must not be stagnated. With this statement, CONCORD calls on the European Parliament to increase the overall funding for Heading VI of the NDICI to meet their strong political ambitions to be a global leader.