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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Can the new European Commission be truly geopolitical, innovative and flexible without the right amount of money?
Andrew Sherriff and Mariella Di Ciommo, ECDPM blog, 25 November 2019
A necessary shake-up: EU programming for international cooperation
Mariella Di Ciommo and Alexei Jones, ECDPM paper, November 2019
Investing in Europe’s global role: The must-have guide for the negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
Edited by Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM paper, April 2019
Migration and the next EU long-term budget: Key choices for external action
Anna Knoll and Pauline Veron, ECDPM paper, March 2019
The uncharted path towards a European Peace Facility
Matthias Deneckere, ECDPM paper, March 2019
Four opportunities to give to gender the importance it deserves in EU policy and external spending
Andrew Sherriff and Noemi Cascone, ECDPM blog, 4 March 2019
Leveraging the next EU budget for sustainable development finance: The European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+)
San Bilal, ECDPM discussion paper, February 2019
Governing a new broad instrument for EU external action: The ins and outs of the institutional power struggle
Alexei Jones, Emmanuel De Groof and Joanna Kahiluoto, ECDPM brief, December 2018
Financing EU external action: Understanding member state priorities
Clare Castillejo, Oscar Chmiel, Mariella Di Ciommo, Juha Jokela, Niels Keijzer, Erik Lundsgaarde, Iliana Olivié, Aitor Perez, Sanne Thijssen, Julie Vaille, Zsuzsanna Vegh and Bernardo Venturi, European Think Tanks Group paper, December 2018.
How to spend € 89.2 billion: Early developments in international cooperation programming
Alisa Herrero, with Andrew Sherriff, Mariella Di Ciommo and Sanne Thijssen, ECDPM paper, November 2018
Aiming high or falling short? A brief analysis of the proposed future EU budget for external action
Alexei Jones, Mariella Di Ciommo, Meritxell Sayós Monràs, Andrew Sherriff, Jean Bossuyt. ECDPM brief, September 2018
Wanted: A new alliance to defend the neighbourhood and the world in the next EU budget
Andrew Sherriff, Meritxell Sayós Monràs and Alexei Jones, ECDPM blog, 18 June 2018
ACP-EU negotiations and the next EU budget: Six crucial weeks to understand which way the wind is blowing
Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 22 May 2018
The EU budget proposal for external action: How much, what for, and what we still don’t know
Andrew Sherriff and Mariella Di Ciommo, ECDPM blog, 7 May 2018
Three ingredients for a future-proof funding for migration
Pauline Veron and Anna Knoll, ECDPM blog, 30 April 2018
Breaking or making the Commission’s ambition to streamline EU external action
Emmanuel De Groof and Meritxell Sayós Monràs, ECDPM blog, 27 April 2018.
EU external action and development cooperation in the next EU budget: One instrument to play many tunes
Alexei Jones, Meritxell Sayós Monràs and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 12 March 2018
Annual Challenges Paper 2018: A chance to get it right
James Mackie, Martin Ronceray and Lidet Tadesse, ECDPM paper, January 2018
Organising the next EU budget for external action – A ‘single’ instrument?
Mariella Di Ciommo, Andrew Sherriff and Jean Bossuyt, ECDPM paper, December 2017
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
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
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
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
Sailing new waters in international cooperation – On the way to framing future EU’s engagement with more advanced developing countries
Mariella Di Ciommo and Meritxell Sayós Monràs, ECDPM paper, 30 March 2018
Is the EU ready to renew its engagement with more advanced developing countries?
Mariella di Ciommo and Meritxell Sayós Monràs, ECDPM blog, 26 March 2018.
Charting the course to 2020: Fundamental choices for the negotiation of a future ACP-EU partnership
Alfonso Medinilla and Jean Bossuyt, ECDPM paper, January 2018
The perfect development storm: Do the EU and member states have what it takes to stay dry?
Vera Mazzara, Alexei Jones and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 18 December 2017
Finding the middle ground: Is the EU changing its engagement with middle-income countries?
Mariella di Ciommo, ECDPM blog, 6 November 2017
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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Head of Programme European External Affairs
Senior Policy Officer European External Affairs Programme
Mariella Di Ciommo
Policy Officer European External Affairs Programme
Emmanuel De Groof
Policy Officer European External Affairs Programme
Research Assistant European External Affairs