Every seven years the EU institutions and member states discuss and adopt the budget of the EU, the so-called Multiannual Financial Framework. They decide the political priorities and how the EU should spend its money for the next period. It is an important source of investment that needs to be used in order to achieve the objectives and political commitments set at EU level.
In many member states EU funds have become a very important source of public funding for social and economic development. This is especially true in times when national budgets are decreased and widespread cuts are made in public services, health and social security – which are essential for people’s daily life.
Our aim is to orient the decisions on the EU budget towards the interest and well-being of people. We have developed proposals to ensure that the EU budget for the years 2014-2020 provides adequate funding for social inclusion, the fight against poverty, access to quality employment and services, the fight against discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities for all. As civil society organisations have significant experience in the use of these funds to carry out projects at grassroots level, we are also asking to be recognised as full partners, together with regional and local authorities, and social partners in all the phases of the programmes.
In particular we have been working on the following programmes: