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Policy Briefing: Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020

Overview

EU Member States contribute an average of 20% of their development budgets to the European Institutions, making the European Commission the second largest donor in the world.

However, increasing the overall ceiling for development cooperation is not enough to guarantee that specific EU commitments on child rights, gender, health and basic education, made in the Lisbon Treaty, in the EC Communication and Council Conclusion on the “EU Role on Global Health” and the EU Development Consensus, are met.

Plan International EU Office gives policy recommendations to the EU, and particularly urge EU Member States and the European Parliament to:

  • Ensure there are specific budget allocations to child rights, and that in addition child rights are mainstreamed effectively as a cross-cutting issue, including child-sensitive budgeting and indicators.
  • Make gender mainstreaming a requirement in all financial instruments; with explicit commitment to gender assessments, gender-responsive budgeting and gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, as well as ensuring specific budget allocations for gender.
  • Ensure at least 20% of the DCI (thematic and geographic programmes) is earmarked for health and basic (primary and lower secondary) education as well as in the European Development Fund.

Executive Summary

Executive summary

EU Member States contribute an average of 20% of their development budgets to the European Institutions, making the European Commission the second largest donor in the world.

However, increasing the overall ceiling for development cooperation is not enough to guarantee that specific EU commitments on child rights, gender, health and basic education, made in the Lisbon Treaty, in the EC Communication and Council Conclusion on the “EU Role on Global Health” and the EU Development Consensus, are met. 

Plan International EU Office gives policy recommendations to the EU, and particularly urge EU Member States and the European Parliament to:

  • Ensure there are specific budget allocations to child rights, and that in addition child rights are mainstreamed effectively as a cross-cutting issue, including child-sensitive budgeting and indicators.
  • Make gender mainstreaming a requirement in all financial instruments; with explicit commitment to gender assessments, gender-responsive budgeting and gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, as well as ensuring specific budget allocations for gender.
  • Ensure at least 20% of the DCI (thematic and geographic programmes) is earmarked for health and basic (primary and lower secondary) education as well as in the European Development Fund.
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