What is the Multiannual Financial Framework?
The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is the European Union’s (EU) long-term budget, which usually runs over several years.
Sometimes referred to as the EU Budget, the MFF sets the limits on how much the EU will spend on different areas of activity, such as Social Cohesion, Research and Innovation, Regional Development or External Action.
The MFF is used by the EU to support its political priorities and to ensure that it meets the commitments it has made to its citizens.
Each Mulitannual Financial Framework is adopted following a negotiation process between the European Commission, the Council of the European Union (made up of government ministers from each EU Member State) and the European Parliament. The MFF is officially adopted following the end of these negotiations and its approval by the Council, with the consent of Parliament.
Why is the MFF important to Social Care and Support Services?
The EU budget is very important for the social care and support service sector as many of the EU’s funding programmes, such as the European Social Fund, the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) and Erasmus+, provide additional financial support to service providers across Europe.
In particular, the financial contribution of the EU has been crucial to:
- unlock potential of more disadvantaged regions;
- support the much-needed development of innovation in service delivery in-line with the UNCRPD;
- develop skills and competencies of individuals, as well as to financially support different types of services.
To learn more about the role of EU funding programmes for the social sector, and their strengths and weaknesses, read EASPD’s Position Paper on our Recommendations to the European Union on the Multiannual Financial Framework Post 2020 here.
The amount of money the EU allocates to its funding programmes is decided during the MFF negotiations. The distribution of the EU budget will reflect the EU’s political priorities and so it is vital to raise awareness for the importance of high quality person centred and community-based services in the achievement of the EU’s objectives.
The Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027
The current MFF will come to an end in 2020, leading to the need for a new EU budget that will support the EU’s activities and deliver on the issues that matter to Europeans.
The negotiations for the “EU budget for the future” began in May 2018 with the Commission presenting its communication to the European Parliament.
This proposal features 7 budget headings (as shown in the photo below) with 37 funding programmes, that will offer higher levels of funding to the EU’s priority areas:
- Research & Innovation
- Young people
- Digital economy
- Border management
- Security and defence.
Source: European Commission
This proposal is just the start of the negations on the EU budget however. Throughout these negotiations EASPD will be working hard to ensure that the EU budget continues to play a key role in funding both innovation and continuity in quality social service provision.
Look below to find out more about EASPD’s latest work on the MFF.