Next EU budget must support climate action and sustainable development

A group of 31 civil society organisations, associations and think tanks urged European Commission President Juncker to make the future EU budget compatible with climate and sustainable development goals. "We cannot hope to move forward on climate and sustainability imperatives without a budget that backs such action," stresses Andy Deacon, Policy Coordinator at Climate Alliance, a leading network of European cities. In an open letter to President Juncker, the group called for a significant increase in the current 20 percent climate action share of the EU budget. The letter further demands that the EU stop funding fossil fuels and instead start focus on funding measures that support EU climate objectives.

The European Commission is due to publish its general proposal on the spending priorities of the next EU budget after 2020 on 2 May 2018.

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