The Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) determines the budget spending of the EU for a period of at least five years. The current MFF which ran from 2014 to 2020, is coming to an end. The EU institutions and Member States are elaborating the new MFF for the period of seven years, from 2021 to 2027.

The procedure of establishing the MFF starts with:

1. A proposal by the European Commission is put on the table, that sets out the regulation laying down the MFF (the headings, instruments, structure, legal basis)

2. This proposal must be adopted by the Council of Ministers by unanimity, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.

Our confederation focuses on the External Instruments as these are the instruments which fund development cooperation. They represent about 6 % of the total EU budget under the umbrella “Global Europe”. 

Have a look at the reverse chronological timeline below

to know more about the process and the next steps

 

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MFF approved

Formally, the MFF is approved by a unanimous decision of the Council of Ministers and the Parliament has to give its consent. This will take place on 9 May 2019 during the Sibiu Summit.
The new budget will enter into force in January 2021 for a period of 7 years, until 2027.

 

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MFF progress report

 

On 13 & 14 December 2018, during a European Council meeting, a progress report on the MFF will be launched by the Council.

CONCORD will of course react to this report.

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MFF Conference

On 12 October 2018, an important conference titled “EU Budget for the Future – the road ahead” will gather members from the Parliament, the Council and the Commission who will together discuss the future of the EU budget.

CONCORD will use this key moment to raise awareness on its position and keep advocating for a #Budget4Solidarity 

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Informal Foreign Affairs Council

On 14 September, an Informal Foreign Affairs Council on development will take place. The external financing of the EU budget will be discussed. Ahead of that meeting, our members sent a letter to their national ministers and to Federica Mogherini.

CONCORD’s Letter

Analysis of the thematic programmes

Through this new document, CONCORD wants to explain in details why the current proposed amount of 7 billion EUR for thematic lines under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) is insufficient and will not allow the EU to deliver for its commitments. In parallel, the document develops an alternative proposition and concrete recommendations.

CONCORD’s analysis

Member States’ position – CONCORD’s analysis

While EU Member States have published their position on the 2019 EU budget, CONCORD worked on a deeper analysis of the external funding instrument, i.e. the NDICI (the neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument).

What is the impact of the future EU budget on migration, sustainable development, Human Rights, gender or even geographic programmes? Get a detailed answer in our latest analysis (updated version from July to August).

CONCORD’s analysis

European Council 

The European Council meets on the 28th and 29th of June in Brussels. The EU budget will be in the agenda.

Ahead of this meeting, several civil society organisations prepared a joint letter gathering demands on the future EU budget (MFF). CONCORD was among the signatories.

Joint letter

Legal Basis of the external instruments

 

While the Commission will release the legislative sectoral proposals on the 29th of May, the Commission will publish a more detailed functioning of the External Instruments on June 14th. 

From then, the decisions on the EU budget are taken by the Council and the negotiations take place at Member States’s level. The Commission is no longer involved.

CONCORD reacted via a press statement as well a series of videos including messages from our constituency. Feel free to use these and share them widely.

 

CONCORD’s reaction

CONCORD video messages

Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

 

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Heads of State and Governments will gather in Brussels to discuss the external financing of the next EU budget.

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CONCORD encourages its members to share the reactions below during meetings with ministries and other stakeholders at national level as well as to send this position proactively ahead of the 22nd of May.

Reaction to external financing

Reaction to the nexus “external action – migration”

CONCORD meets the 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.

 

Outcomes of the meeting

EU Commission’s communication

 

The European Commission launched its communication on the future EU budget, this communication gave a first overview of the main budget architecture and the resources allocated by EU Member States.

Below find CONCORD’s reaction on the proposal.

 

Press reaction

Workshop DEVE Committee – CONCORD

This workshop organised by the Committee of Development with CONCORD Europe focused on the MFF 2021-2017 and the Future of ACP-EU Relations. CONCORD’s reaction was discussed.

 

CONCORD’s reaction

Merge of external instruments

 

The European Commission launched its official communication on the 2nd of May, including a merge of 12 different External Instruments.

 

While this proposal has a series of advantages, CONCORD is concerned that this proposal will not allow the EU to live up to its commitments on poverty eradication and sustainable development. See our general reaction from April 2018.

 

CONCORD’s reaction

Ministerial Conference

 

A Ministerial Conference took place in March 2018 during which Heads of States and Governments discussed the strategic direction of the future EU budget.

 

Ahead of the Conference, CONCORD, together with other platforms, EPLO, HRDN and VOICE, wrote a letter addressed to Heads of States and Governments asking for the future EU budget to include Human Rights and Sustainable Development at the core of their concerns.

 

The letter

Public Consultation

 

Once the spending review was over, the drafting of the proposal by the European Commission started in January 2018 and will close on the 2nd of May.

The draft of the proposal started with a public consultation which opened on January 10th and closed on March 8th.

 

Back in 2017, CONCORD responded to the public consultation of the mid-term review on the External Financing Instruments. Find below the summary of CONCORD’s contribution.

 

CONCORD’s response

European Parliament preparing the MFF

 

The European Parliament launched a report titled “Next MFF: Preparing the Parliament’s position on MFF post-2020”. All the Committees in the Parliament are invited to provide an opinion.

The DEVE Committee (Committee in charge of development matters) prepared some amendments to the text. So did the BUDG Committee (in charge of the Budget).

 

CONCORD reacted to the amendments made by DEVE and BUDG.

 

CONCORD’s analysis of DEVE amendments

CONCORD’s analysis of BUDG amendments

First steps of the EU Budget

 

The process of the next EU Budget started officially in June 2017 with a reflection paper from the Commission. In October, the Budget Committee of the Parliament adopted a resolution based on the EC reflection paper.

When it comes to the external instruments (the instruments which finance development aid), the Committee in charge of Development in the European Parliament (DEVE) worked all along from October 2017 to January 2018 to agree on a joint opinion which was then sent to the Budget Committee and the CODEV group in the Council.

 

As the Spending Review was finalised and presented to the public, CONCORD launched its first position paper in December 2017 providing guidance on the general direction of the future EU Budget.

 

CONCORD’s position paper