EU budget: will EU Member States make or break it?

EU budget : will EU Member States make or break it?
Last updated on: 27 February 2024

On June 20th, the European Commission proposed a targeted revision of its long-term budget (the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework or MFF). Recognising that external action has been under severe stress since 2021 and that the EU budget is not adequately equipped to enable the EU to fulfil its geopolitical ambitions, meet its global commitments and respond to unforeseen crisis, the Commission proposed an increase of €10.5 billion to Heading 6 – Neighbourhood and the World. This proposal partially responds to the concerns we raised with other partners here. Partially, this is because we believe that the Commission’s proposal represents the absolute minimum necessary for the EU to maintain its relevance as a global actor and to continue supporting its long-standing partners, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The proposal is currently under discussion in the Council, and there is a risk that EU Member States may reject the proposed increase put forward by the Commission.

In collaboration with other civil society organizations, we have prepared an analysis of the Commission’s proposal. We will now work to advocate for our recommendations to be integrated into the Council and the EU Parliament’s decision-making processes. We firmly believe that our recommendations are essential to bring the EU closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.