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The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is the total budget the European Union has at its disposal to implement its internal and external policies for a seven-year period. The current one, which amounts to just under 1.1 trillion Euros, will expire in 2020. The European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union – representing the EU member states – are beginning to position themselves for negotiations on the next budget post-2020. These negotiations will begin in earnest in 2018.

ECDPM will be producing analysis, facilitating discussion and closely following the negotiations up to the final agreement on the new budget. We will focus on the implications for foreign policy, development cooperation and Africa-Europe relations. The global and European political context has dramatically changed in the last years, which will have repercussions for the amounts agreed and the focus of the EU’s global role.

In this dossier you can find our latest publications on the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework, as well as analysis on the European Development Fund and the current EU budget.

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Key analysis on the next Multiannual Financial Framework


Negotiating the next EU budget: A unique opportunity for EU foreign and development policy
Meritxell Sayós Monràs, Mariella Di Ciommo and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 9 October 2017


ECDPM’s Meritxell Sayós Monràs, Mariella Di Ciommo and Andrew Sherriff argue that the budget negotiations provide a unique opportunity for the EU to strengthen its foreign and development policy.


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Strategically financing an effective role for the EU in the world: First reflections on the next EU budget
Jean Bossuyt, Andrew Sherriff, Marc De Tollenaere, Pauline Veron, Meritxell Sayós Monràs and Mariella Di Ciommo, ECDPM paper, September 2017


This new paper highlights ECDPM’s first reflections on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, the EU budget, for which informal negotiations have already started.


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Past analysis on the European Development Fund


Prospects for supporting regional integration effectively: An independent analysis of the European Union’s approach to the 11th European Development Fund regional programming
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Cecilia Gregersen, ECDPM discussion paper, June 2016

Supporting effective regional integration? What the 11th EDF programming tells us
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Cecilia Gregersen, ECDPM briefing note, May 2016. Also available in French.

Implementing the Agenda for Change: An independent analysis of the 11th EDF national programming (key findings)
Alisa Herrero Cangas, Anna Knoll, Cecilia Gregersen and Willy Kokolo, ECDPM briefing note, September 2015

Implementing the Agenda for Change: An independent analysis of the 11th EDF programming
Alisa Herrero Cangas, Anna Knoll, Cecilia Gregersen and Willy Kokolo, ECDPM discussion paper, September 2015

Differentiation in ACP-EU Cooperation: Implications of the EU’s Agenda for Change for the 11th EDF and Beyond
Niels Keijzer, Jeske van Seters, Brecht Lein, Florian Krätke and Annita Montoute, ECDPM discussion paper, October 2012

Improving ACP-EU Cooperation: Is ‘Budgetising’ the EDF the Answer?
James Mackie, Jonas Frederiksen and Céline Rossini, ECDPM discussion paper, January 2004


Our work on the last Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020)


EU Budget Consensus at the Expense of Development: State of Play and Options in Front of Negotiators
Laura Mayer and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM briefing note, December 2012

‘Friends of Development’ can defend assistance in the future EU budget
Laura Mayer and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, October 2012

EU negotiates future development funding: where will the money go?
Ulrika Kilnes, ECDPM blog, July 2012

1st among equals? The Instrument for Stability and conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the EU’s new financial perspective
Simone Görtz,and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM briefing note, May 2012

Member States’ positions on the proposed 2014-2020 EU budget
Ulrika Kilnes and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM briefing note, April 2012

Reprogramming EU Development Cooperation for 2014-2020: Key Moments for Partner Countries, EU Delegations, Member States and Headquarters in 2012
Simone Görtz and Niels Keijzer, ECDPM discussion paper, April 2012

Billions Less for Development? Analysing Drivers and Consequences of Possible ‘Zero Growth’ Scenarios for the 11th European Development Fund 2014-2020
Ulrika Kilnes, ECDPM briefing note, March 2012

More or Less? A Financial Analysis of the Proposed 11th European Development Fund
Ulrika Kilnes, Niels Keijzer, Jeske van Seters and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM briefing note, March 2012


Other relevant analysis


Coherence report – Insights from the external evaluation of the External Financing Instruments
Jean Bossuyt with Enzo Caputo and Julia Schwarz, study for the European Commission, July 2017

Matching means to priorities: Challenges for EU-Africa relations in 2017
James Mackie, Matthias Deneckere and Greta Galeazzi, ECDPM challenges paper, January 2017

Infographic: The EU external financing instruments for 2014-2020
ECDPM, July 2017 (produced by ECDPM for the European Commission’s Coherence study)


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