EU development assistance and other policy expenditures are determined every seven years in framework budget reviews called the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This is equivalent to a national government undergoing a spending review for all areas of public expenditure. All aspects of the EU budget are up for negotiation, including how much, what for and the spending rules. The blog series follows this process over the last three years with a specific focus on the EU’s development portfolio, providing a critical analysis of the challenges at each stage of the negotiations.
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