Review of the Multiannual Financial Framework: the case for increased funding for external action
Posted on 16 May 2023
24 civil society organisations (CSOs) and networks, including WWF European Policy Office are calling on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to increase resources for external action (under Heading 6) as part of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) review process.
In the midst of a global energy and economic crisis with heavy effects also in Europe, finding new funds for Heading 6 will not be easy. Yet in an interconnected world, investing in safer, greener, and more equitable conditions abroad is unquestionably one of the best investments in Europe’s future itself. The devastating war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and worsening climate catastrophes underline how closely tied European citizens are to their neighbours, as well as the expectations that partners have for the European Union (EU) to live up to its commitments. The long-term budget must be adapted to protect the EU’s positive impact, influence and credibility on the global stage.