- Current Heading 3 (Security and Citizenship) would be replaced with Heading 4 (Migration & Border Management) and Heading 5 (Security & Defence)
- Current Heading 4 (Global Europe) would be renamed Heading 6 (Neighbourhood & the World)
- The European Development Fund (EDF), which is currently off-budget, would be integrated into Heading 6
- The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) should not be maintained as a separate instrument. However, a new ‘Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument’ (€89.5 billion) would include, inter alia, thematic pillars on ‘Stability and Peace’ and ‘Democracy & Human Rights / Civil Society in Development’, and a ‘rapid response’ pillar for ‘quick response capacity for crisis management and conflict prevention, resilience building, including liking relief, rehabilitation and development, and short term foreign policy reaction’
- There would be an off-budget ‘European Peace Facility’ to ‘close the current gap in the EU’s ability to conduct Common Security and Defence Policy missions and to provide military and defence assistance to relevant third countries, international and regional organisations’ (€10.5 billion)
- There would be a ‘European Defence Fund’ (€ 13 billion) and a ‘Connecting Europe Facility – Military Mobility’ (€ 6.5 billion) under Heading 3.
Several organisations have published their initial reactions to the EC’s proposal:
- EPLO member organisation Saferworld published an op-ed on the EUobserver.com website entitled ‘EU budget must not fortify Europe at expense of peace’
- The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) published a blog post entitled ‘The EU budget proposal for external action: How much, what for, and what we still don’t know’
- The European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development (CONCORD) published a paper entitled ‘Building Bricks for Heading VI: Neighbourhood and the World’.
In June 2018, the EC will publish legislative proposals for all of the financing instruments which are foreseen under the overall MFF proposal.
EPLO will publish its initial reaction to the EC’s legislative proposals in July 2018 based on the initial position which was set out in our February 2018 statement entitled ‘How will the EU support peacebuilding after 2020?’.
For more information about EPLO’s work on the next EU MFF, please contact Ben Moore.