EU leaders have finally reached their decision on the size and shape of  the EU budget from 2014 to 2020. Against a continued backdrop of  austerity and faced with domestic political pressure, it is no surprise  that they hEU%20member%20countries%20-%20reflection%20of%20letters%20on%20building_jpgave cut the EU’s long-term budget in real terms, by €34 billion, from the current €994 billion to €960 billion. In this blog post, Mikaela Gavas expresses surprise that, in spite of all the rhetoric around making the EU ‘fit for the challenges of the modern age’, they have left it with a 20th century budget that is largely inefficient and out of date.

On 29 November, EDCSP, as part of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), together with Thijs Berman MEP, hosted a roundtable debate in the European Parliament on the development aspects of the proposals on the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

To see the ETTG’s presentation, click here.

The European Think-Tanks Group, four of Europe’s leading think-tanks have published a joint briefing paper:

The EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework post-2013: Options for EU development cooperation

 As negotiations around Europe’s post-2013 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) begin, there are major questions around the comparative advantage of a Europe-wide approach to development assistance, and the role of the EU in the future global aid architecture. What should this aid be for? How should it be managed? How can European aid adapt to a development landscape that is going through such rapid change, and address current and emerging global challenges?
The paper reviews this landscape and proposes and analyses a set of options on:

    1. Rethinking priorities and assistance towards MICs and emerging economies;
    2. Ensuring enough flexibility to respond to unforeseen needs;
    3. Dealing with climate finance;
    4. Ensuring adequate long-term funding to strengthen security and development linkages;
    5. Budgetising or maintaining a separate European Development Fund.

As European development aid undergoes a policy re-think, and looks set to emerge leaner and stronger, Simon Maxwell assesses the factors at work and points to reforms and new measures that are still needed. The EU’s Financial Perspectives offer an opportunity to build a handsome new Eiffel tower of development policies. A lot of rivets will be needed, but all the hammering will be worth it for the view.  Europe’s World, June 2011  “Why the EU’s aid effort must escape the budgetary axe!

ODI joined forces with DIE and ONE to host a private roundtable on ‘Rethinking the EU’s external action budget’ in Berlin on the 1st March. Participants included officials from the German Foreign Affairs, Development and Treasury ministries as well as representatives from the European Commission and leading NGOs.

This is the third in a series of consultations EDCSP is organising on the EU Financial Perspectives post 2013. Events have already taken place in London and Brussels and a Paris meeting will take place on the 16th March. Plans are in place to hold similar events in the Spain, the Netherlands and in the European Parliament.

To read a summary of discussion click here


Simon and Mikaela’s charter sets out 10 key principles for the negotiations on the EU Financial Perspectives post-2013.  Do you agree with them?  Cast your vote on the 10 principles and leave your comments.

ODI, together with ONE, hosted a private roundtable in Brussels on the 14th February on ‘Rethinking the EU’s external action budget and instruments’. Participants included Member State and European Commission officials, as well as leading NGOs and academics. This is the second in a series of events ODI is organising across Europe on the EU’s next multiannual budgetary framework, the EU Financial Perspectives, 2014-2020. Future events are planned in Berlin and Paris in March 2011.

For a summary of the discussion, click here

The European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) have launched a joint public online consultation titled ‘What funding for EU external action after 2013?’ The consultation will run until the 31st January 2011 and the results will inform the Commission’s legislative proposal on the new EU multi-annual financial framework, the Financial Perspectives, 2014-2020, expected in mid-2011.

ODI’s background note on ‘Financing European development cooperation: the Financial Perspectives 2014-2020’ highlights some of the key issues about the future design and funding of the EU’s external action instruments.

The Financial Perspectives (2014-2020) is the European Union’s (EU) multi-annual financial framework review. It is one of a number of reviews that will shape the future of EU devel­opment assistance and the credibility of the EU as a major player in international development.  In this new ODI publication, Mikaela Gavas describes the process for agreeing the new multiannual budgetary framework, and puts forward a set of questions and issues about the future of aid in EU development policy that will need to be addressed during the negotiations.

To read the full paper, click here

Today, EDCSP hosted a private roundtable to discuss proposals for the next Financial Perspectives (2014-2020).  Participants included government officials from across Whitehall, leading NGOs and academics.

Discussion was initiated through a presentation by Mikaela Gavas, which focussed on three key questions about funding for EU external action.  A summary of the discussion will be available soon; click here for a copy of the presentation.


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