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EU funded projects and programmes are perhaps the most visible contribution of the EU to the lives of European citizens. Let it be about supporting student exchange in Europe through Erasmus, energy efficiency investments buildings, or payment to European farmers to meet higher environmental standards, the EU spending is often seen as a positive contribution. However, wasteful spending to seemingly useless projects, corruption or harmful investments for instance in fossil fuels are also perceived by people with criticism not only towards the EU budget, but the functioning of the EU itself.

The EU budget, even if it consitutes only about 1% of the GNI of the EU (and 2% of the public spending), is capable of catalysing much bigger changes, if it is designed in a coherent and efficient way. That is why CEEweb initiated a European wide campaign for the sustainability reform of the future EU budget in 2016, which lead to launching the People’s Budget campaign in 2017. With more than 100 European and national organisations we have been calling for a sustainability proof EU budget, which works for the people.