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Civil Society Contact Group calls for EU spending to meet citizens needs and EU’s responsibilities
The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial Summit for ensuring that the next MFF ensure adequate financing for sustainable development and social inclusion. The Civil Society Contact Group brings together eight large European NGO platforms in the following fields: culture (Culture Action Europe), development (CONCORD), environment (Green 10), human rights and democracy (HRDN), lifelong learning (EUCIS-LLL), public health (EPHA), social and gender equality (EWL). Ahead of these crucial negotiations, the CSCG encourages Heads of State and Government that the EU Budget must serve the policies the EU has developed, responsibilities outside the EU borders, political commitments the EU has engaged in, and contribute to achieving the Treaty aims and objectives.
Ever since 2005, the Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) has been calling for a EU spending that reflects the people-centred values and objectives of the EU: such as human rights and equality for all; freedom; democracy and active citizenship; the rule of law; social cohesion and inclusion; lifelong learning; civil dialogue; cultural diversity; sustainable development and gender equality.
In 2005 the European Council committed itself to undertake a thorough review of the budget, including a “no taboo” debate on the EU Budget with the objective to reflect the needs of tomorrow’s world. The CSCG sees these commitments under threat. Political courage and determination are essential to break from special interests and re-orientate the EU budget to meeting the long-term needs of people living in Europe and beyond in a sustainable way. Time is ripe for the debate on quality of EU spending to move beyond historic positions and national interests, and to concentrate on the needs and concerns of people living in Europe and beyond.