January 30, 2013
The EU is in the process of concluding the negotiation about its future seven-year budget, the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. In parallel, the EU is negotiating the budget for the European Development Fund (EDF), which covers the same period. The EDF is the EU’s main instrument for delivering development aid under the ACP–EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The Agreement is the world’s largest and most advanced financial and political contractual framework for North–South cooperation. Although the EDF is not part of the EU budget itself, the negotiations around the level of funding it receives are an important part of the broader debate and the outcome will be decided in conjunction with the MFF.
In this Discussion Paper, Mikaela Gavas reviews the EDF’s performance in recent evaluations and reviews the existing evidence against three critiques made by some Member States. She concludes that these critiques overlook important considerations and thus do not present an accurate picture of the performance of the EDF.
February 17, 2012
In December, the European Commission unveiled its package of legislative proposals on the EU’s external action instruments for the period 2014-20 as part of the negotiations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s spending review. Mikaela Gavas has written an ODI Background Note analysing the changes introduced by the instruments of direct relevance to international development.
December 5, 2011
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.
June 24, 2011
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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:
- Rethinking priorities and assistance towards MICs and emerging economies;
- Ensuring enough flexibility to respond to unforeseen needs;
- Dealing with climate finance;
- Ensuring adequate long-term funding to strengthen security and development linkages;
- Budgetising or maintaining a separate European Development Fund.
May 31, 2011
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!“
March 3, 2011
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
February 21, 2011
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.
February 15, 2011
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
December 8, 2010
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.
November 23, 2010
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
November 11, 2010
On the 11th November 2010, EDCSP briefed the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development. Simon Maxwell presented an overview of some of the key issues on the agenda for EU development cooperation, including the institutional reforms following the Lisbon Treaty and the upcoming negotiations for the EU Financial Perspective, 2014-2020. For a copy of the presentation, please click here.
October 5, 2010
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.