The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of the need to make the EU budget climate-proof. It engages national civil society organisations (CSOs) in a participatory process to exchange views and plan advocacy work so they can have an impact on the outcome of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the EU budget (2021–27).
The project looks at lessons learned from the current MFF (2014–20). It assesses the impacts that the new legislative proposals would have on Member States and on future national and regional spending programmes. It also makes recommendations on said legislative proposals and on the investment priorities of the national and regional EU funds, and promotes stakeholder involvement in the programming and planning of future EU funds.
During the course of the project, workshops will be delivered in Berlin and Warsaw and a conference held in Brussels. To enable MEPs to follow up on and ensure the sustainability of EU funding, the project implementing partners will roll out targeted outreach (e.g. around the European Parliament elections).
To maximise the project’s impact at the national and EU levels, its results will be widely communicated to different stakeholders (e.g. the European Commission, the European Parliament, national governments, business groups, trade unions, civil society and the media).
Participants of the MFF project kick-off meeting, held in Brussels on 4 October 2018. Photo: András Lukacs
The MFF represents a formidable instrument for directing the environmental and climate impacts of EU-funded activities. Currently, a consultation process for national civil society organisations is gathering feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the current MFF (2014–20) and collecting proposals and initiatives for the next MFF (2021–27).
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.