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8 November 2018

The EU Council should better integrate sustainability in the future EU budget

We call on the General Affairs Council to better integrate sustainability safeguards in the future EU budget. Together with other NGOs in the People’s Budget campaign supported by SDG Watch Europe we urge ministers to seriously debate this issue at their next meeting on 12 November. 

In our letter addressed to ministers, we urge the Council to make the budget sustainable, democratic and fair through the following means:

  • Planned spending for existing policies needs to be checked to ensure coherence with sustainable development. Spending that has proven to be inefficient or unsustainable has to cease and the money shifted towards more sustainable instruments.
  • We urge the Council to demonstrate its political will to mainstream sustainability in the MFF by means of a joint declaration by the Council, Parliament and the Commission, which should be attached to the MFF regulation.
  • In order to allow this political commitment to become a reality, we also urge the Council to invite the Commission to develop a common framework and guidance on the sustainability proofing of Union funding, building on the expertise and best practices from Member States and the previous experiences on biodiversity proofing.

The People’s Budget campaign co-led by CEEweb and SDG Watch Europe has been calling on EU institutions to sustainability proof the next MFF since 2016. Now it is time for the Council and the Parliament to make it happen for the benefit of all Europeans.  

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