MFF: the case for increased funding in external action16 May 2023
In the midst of a global energy and economic crisis with heavy effects also in Europe, finding new funds for Heading 6 will not be easy.
Yet in an interconnected world, investing in safer, greener, and more equitable conditions abroad is unquestionably one of the best investments in Europe’s future itself.
The devastating war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and worsening climate catastrophes underline how closely tied European citizens are to their neighbours, as well as the expectations that partners have for the European Union (EU) to live up to its commitments. With the EU’s purchasing power reduced due to inflation, funding for key thematic programmes emptied due to COVID-19, and overall funds reduced due to the frontloading of resources in 2021 and 2022, the long-term budget must be adapted to protect the EU’s positive impact, influence and credibility on the global stage.
Within this context, Plan International EU is a co-signatory of a paper drafted by civil society organisations (CSOs) and networks from various sectors of development cooperation, climate and environmental protection and humanitarian aid. We are calling on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to increase resources for external action (under Heading 6) as part of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) review process.
Review of the MFF – The case for increased funding for external action