General Affairs Council: No movement on 20% climate action commitment in budget negotiations

Posted on 24 September 2012    
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Brussels, Belgium (24th September).  The General Affairs Council has ended without Ministers delivering on a commitment for a 20% allocation on climate action in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 .The European Commission had previously pledged that a minimum of 20% of the MFF would be committed to tackling climate change in areas including Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, Development Policy and Research and Development.
Member States are currently reviewing the “negotiating box” which identifies the different programs and budget allocations that should be financed between 2014 - 2020. 
Meanwhile this proposal is making its way through the European Parliament. Last week the Environment Committee voted for a 30% climate action spending in the MFF.
Quote: Sébastien Godinot, Economist with the WWF European Policy Office
“WWF is concerned that Member States will row back on promises that would make better use of the MFF. Ministers seem more interested in fighting over topline amounts than getting value from what is already there. Not even the wealthier Member States in the “Friends of Better Spending” alliance are speaking up for a 20% climate action allocation for the next EU budget. While this was a commitment made by the European Commission, this proposal is essential if we are to implement the EU 2020 climate change strategy and get the maximum benefit from the budget”: 
“We are also very concerned about recent threats made by some Members States and MEPs to cut the overall level of greening in the Common Agricultural Policy if its overall budget is reduced. These bullying tactics are short sighted and will lead to major environmental problems across the EU. Farmers need to be reminded that, public opinion will only support public money spent on a CAP that delivers public goods.”
Editors Note
The Friends of Better Spending are a loose alliance of Member States who are looking to cut the topline budget figure. The group compromises of Austria, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. 
Contact: Philippe Carr, WWF European Policy Office, Media & Communications, 
WWF European Policy Office,
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