In view of the forthcoming European Council, the European Women’s Lobby together with Women in Development Europe (WIDE+), CARE International and COFACE Families Europe call on European leaders to put gender equality at the heart of the future budget of the EU. At a time where European societies are confronted with a severe backlash against women’s rights, it is of utmost importance that the EU does not take a step backwards.

Our joint statement calls for a clear commitment to equality between women and men in the MFF in line with treaty obligations. In view of the forthcoming European Council, we urge you to include equality between women and men as a horizontal key priority in the multiannual financial framework 2021-2017, and inclusion of a gender mainstreaming clause in the Common Provisions for the seven shared management funds.

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full statement

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