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The EU Budget is on the verge of being set. Time to make it sustainably proof!

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 the Erasmus Programme — energy efficiency investments in building or payments to European farmers so to meet higher environmental standards, EU spending is often seen as a positive contribution. However, wasteful spending in seemingly impractical projects, corruption and harmful investments — for instance, in fossil fuels — are also perceived by people with criticism not only towards the EU budget, but to the functioning of the EU itself. 

The EU budget, even when only constituting about 1% of the EU’s Gross National Income (GNI) and 2% of the public spending, is capable of catalysing much bigger changes if designed in a coherent and efficient way. That is why back in 2016 CEEweb initiated a European wide campaign for the sustainability reform of the future EU budget, which lead to launching the People’s Budget campaign in 2017. Since then, and together with over 100 European and national organisations, we have been calling for a sustainability proof EU budget which works for the people.

See what Europeans expect from the future EU budget:

Moreover, on 15 May 2018, during the “Sustainability in Europe” Conference, European policy makers shared with us why they think sustainability should be mainstreamed into the EU budget.

Care to state your own citizen message and make your voice be heard to make the next EU budget sustainable proof? If so, please write to Ms Margot Vanhecke to help us campaign for an EU budget for its people!