On 20 February, European civil society networks CONCORD, EPLO, HRDN, and VOICE sent a joint letter to the European Heads of the State ahead of the Informal Meeting on 23 February 2018.
The civil society organisations urge Heads of State or Government during the upcoming discussions on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to:
1. Include a strong external budget focused on EU values
2. Maintain separate external financing instruments for humanitarian assistance, human rights and democracy, and peacebuilding
3. Increase support for civil society
4. Involve CSOs in the MFF process