General Affairs Council discusses future of EU multiannual budget and financing of external actions
On 21 May in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting, which discussed the external action aspects of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027.
During the discussions, A. Zananavičius stressed the need to examine in detail the future financing model for the European Union's external policy.
“The European Neighborhood Instrument must remain a separate instrument in order to ensure effective funding. This financing instrument is one of the EU's most important instruments. In the meantime, we call for keeping another funding instrument – the European Development Fund – beyond the framework of the next MFF, as this would allow to involve a greater number of partners and the instrument would become more effective. Lithuania agrees that a mechanism of freezing aid is needed, especially if beneficiaries undermine our core values. Lithuania also proposes to maintain the Athena mechanism of the European Peace Facility as a separate instrument,” said the Foreign Vice-Minister during the meeting.
The Council also started preparations for the European Council meeting to be held on 20-21 June.
According to the Foreign Vice-Minister A. Zananavičius, in preparation for the EU‘s future strategic agenda, it is very important to properly manage expectations, to respond to climate change and development issues, and to work on issues of disinformation more ambitiously.
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