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Our objective and activities

Our ultimate objective is to make the next MFF “sustainable proofed”, which can support the European transition to sustainability and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals with European actions.

We believe that such a reformed MFF:

  • Benefits the public and contribute to increased well-being of all Europeans in a sustainable way,
  • Responds the biggest challenges in Europe that require a common European answer,
  • Conserves the environmental precondition for any kind of development and human well-being, and thus reduces the total environmental pressure in absolute terms,
  • Prevents the problems instead of only mitigation.

CEEweb will work towards these objectives through developing expert opinions based on the principles of sustainability and advocating for suitable sustainability proofing tools during the policy cycle of the next MFF.

on criteria,  as well as develop appropriate assessment methods for the projects submitted for funding.


Stakeholder screening

In partnership with key European platforms and networks, a wide range of stakeholders will be consulted through an online questionnaire. The specific objectives are to draw lessons from the current MFF, map the expectations and gather recommendations for the next MFF and to start a dialogue in a wide circle with an open attitude. The results will be also channeled into the work on developing sustainability proofing guidelines.

Sustainability proofing guidelines

An expert group combining various expertise will develop sustainability proofing guidelines for the next MFF, identifying proofing tools and principles that can make the next MFF deliver on the 2030 Agenda and shift to sustainability. The expert group will be also supported by an advisory group which represents European stakeholder platforms and networks. The work will also draw experiences from the similar work done for biodiversity proofing (guidance documents developed to the European Commission by IEEP and others, and the “Biodiversity proofing of EU Cohesion Policy funds with a view to sustainable development” developed by CEEweb  in 2014). The results of the stakeholder screening will also be channeled into this work.

The guidelines will help to set EU funding objectives right , define horizontal principles and funding selection criteria,  as well as develop appropriate assessment methods for the projects submitted for funding.

Advocacy work in partnerships with European stakeholders

CEEweb is advocating for a reformed MFF in partnership with other European stakeholders, in particular within SDG Watch Europe. Introducing sustainability proofing of the next MFF is a strategic objective of our advocacy work.

CEEweb will organise a conference in 2017 in Brussels targeting decision makers and relevant stakeholders, where the sustainability proofing guidelines will be presented.