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EU Budget

Delivering on climate goals


The EU’s long-term budget, the so called Multiannual Financial Framework, sets the structure and defines the spending priorities for the annual EU budgets over a seven-year period. It greatly contributes to translating the EU policy objectives into action and at the same time it defines future objectives, priorities and conditions of EU funding respectively the policies EU funds are supposed to finance.

The current 2014-2020 EU budget has some important climate relevant features such as “climate mainstreaming”, the strategic link to the EU 2020 climate and energy framework or the political target to spend 20% of the EU budget on climate action. However, fossil fuels still receive support from the EU budget, and competing priorities and incoherent implementation of climate action are sweeping off the climate credits of the EU budget. Overall its full potential to catalyse the clean energy transformation in Europe remains largely untapped.


The post-2020 EU budget

The post-2020 MFF is critically important to deliver the long-term climate goals of the EU, including the 2030 climate and energy targets and the 80%-95% GHG reduction by 2050.

The European Commission proposes to increase the climate mainstreaming across all EU programmes from current 20% to 25% for the EU budget 2021-2027. The below table shows how those 25% are distributed among the relevant programmes and their respective shares on the total climate action (European Commission proposal), the climate action mainstreaming during the current EU budget cycle, and scenarios to achieve 30% climate mainstreaming (European Parliament position) and 40% climate mainstreaming (CAN Europe position).

climate mainstreaming MFF 2021 2027

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Information and intelligence on the EU Budget 

pdf CAN Europe's position on the EU Budget post 2020 September 2017 (1.66 MB) sets out our priorities in detail. You can also read our briefing on the pdf EU budget - Incentives for higher climate ambition (1.11 MB). Alternatively view our key asks in our pdf An EU budget for a sustainable and clean Energy Union (1.58 MB) infographic. You can catch up on developments by watching our everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-but-never-dared-to-ask EU budget webinars.

CAN Europe EU Budget Webinar 1, Dec 2017                                    CAN Europe EU Budget Webinar 2, Feb 2018












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Reports, briefs and position papers

Here you can find all reports, briefs and position papers published by CAN Europe on the EU budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework. Read more

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Infographics: EU budget

On this page you can find infographics produced by CAN Europe on how the EU budget can serve higher climate ambition. Read more

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Press releases

Here we collect all press releases published by CAN Europe on the EU budget and the Multiannual Financial Framework. Read more 



Markus Trilling
Finance and Subsidies Policy Coordinator
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Latest publications

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