Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027: The next EU budget and how it can unlock girls’ power
Girls remain one of the most discriminated groups around the world, in all areas of their lives. It is estimated that 130 million girls are not in school. As much as 41,000 girls are forced into marriage every day. Half of all sexual assaults are committed against girls below the age of 16. These violations of girls and young women’s rights, fueled by discriminatory social and gender norms, attitudes and behaviours, have a huge impact on their futures.
Next EU budget: Will Member States follow the European Parliament’s example?
Gender equality, sustainable development and children and youth are all essential to ensure the next EU budget will help the EU reach the goals of the 2030 Agenda over the next 7 years. On 4 March 2019, Members of the European Parliament (EP) in the Foreign Affairs and the Development Cooperation Committees voted on amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for the Budget’s Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). With this vote a few months before the European elections they leave behind a strong legacy.
Is the DEVE committee turning its back on development cooperation in the next MFF?
On 30 August 2018, the European Parliament development (DEVE) committee met to discuss a draft Opinion from MEP Engel on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027) and in particular the Regulation for the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). This draft Opinion will be one of the Committee’s contributions to this instrument and to the MFF process within the European Parliament. It is thus an important opportunity for the DEVE Committee to have its voice heard on part of the future budget dedicated to development policy, and to push for instruments that truly support sustainable development and the principle of leaving no-one behind.
EU must take urgent action to safeguard gender equality in its budget for 2021-2027
Civil society organisations come together once more to call on the EU to prioritize gender equality across its post-2020 budget. The recent European Commission proposal for the new Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) - part of the EU Budget - fails to really mention gender equality though the EU has committed to champion the issue. We are very concerned about the worrying signal that this sends and the effect that this might have on gender equality in EU external action.
Statement: Making the case for gender equality in the new MFF
Brussels, 4 May 2018 – On Wednesday, the European Commission released its Communication on the Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027). As the gender and development community we are deeply concerned that gender equality is not addressed as a key political priority. We question to what extent the external relations budget, increased to 10% of the MFF, will serve the primary long-term objective of EU’s development cooperation which remains the eradication of poverty.
What would the EU budget look like should girls take over…
Later today, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, will unveil the European Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 EU budget. Expectations are high, with the announcement launching the year-long negotiation process. This marks the moment when all other EU actors – whether in Brussels or the Member States – will enter the fray in order to shape the Europe they want. We are very curious to see Oettinger’s vision – particularly as regards the EU’s external action. But we can’t help wondering what the budget would look like were girls to have taken over designing it…
The European Parliament’s position on the next EU budget voted in plenary today
The Budget Committee’s own initiative report on the next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) by Jan Olbrycht (EPP) and Isabelle Thomas (S&D) has been voted by the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) today. It sets out the EP’s position ahead of the European Commission’s proposal which will be published on 2nd May.
Press release: EU BUDGET DEAL FAILS TO DELIVER FOR MOST IN NEED
The budget deal promises more funds for the EU’s external action, but diverts money from those most in need.
EU Budget 2017 Q&A: What's at stake?
As the European Parliament and EU Member States enter into conciliation talks over the 2017 budget, we outline what's at stake when it comes to development and humanitarian aid.
OPEN LETTER ON #EUBUDGET2017: DON'T CUT EU AID
Open letter to EU Member State Permanent Representatives, calling for a robust external aid budget 2017 dedicated to achieving the core aims of EU development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Defend EU aid social media toolkit
EU development and humanitarian aid is under threat. Join us in calling for EU Member States to support a robust external aid budget dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality by sharing these messages on social media.
STRONG EXTERNAL AID BUDGET CRUCIAL IN FIGHT TO END EXTREME POVERTY
BRUSSELS, 26 October 2016: EU member states must reverse their proposed cuts to external spending and increase aid beyond the budget ceiling if the EU is to meet its commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030.
News: Defend EU aid: An open letter to EU leaders
Together with National Directors of Plan International, we are writing to express our deep concern over the current state of the negotiations on the EU’s budget for 2015. Here is our open letter to EU leaders.
News: Q&A: The EU budget crisis
The EU is currently facing a serious liquidity crisis. With the EC already unable to honour bills legitimately incurred in 2014, Member states have proposed cuts to the 2015 budget, including development and humanitarian aid, jeopardising the EU’s ability to respond to complex global challenges.
Press Release: EU Budget deal 'bare minimum' required
December 9, 2014: Reacting to the provisional deal on the EU’s 2015 budget and the draft amending budgets for 2014, Plan International welcomes the agreement but warns that this must serve as a wake-up call to EU leaders.
Open Letter: Defending the EU development and humanitarian aid budget for 2014-2020
An open letter from Plan Europe to EU Heads of State or Government, calling on them to defend the European Commission's proposal for development and humanitarian aid budget in the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.