For the European Union and its Member States to become more climate-friendly and promote the well-being of their citizens, the EU’s financial resources have to be spent towards consuming less energy and using resources more efficiently.
We have successfully campaigned against some of the worst EU funds spending decisions by Member States and are promoting a fundamental shift in how EU money contributes to the development of our continent and its people.
From Europe’s municipalities to Brussels corridors
With the help of our member groups, our work stretches from local to international level.
Our vision: a people’s budget
We want to believe in a brighter future, where Europe is reconnected to its people and values.
Ideas for a new economy
Where EU money falls short of its potential
Many investments financed with EU funding are bad for citizens and the environment. They are inconsistent with the EU’s 2020 and 2050 decarbonisation goals and hinder the transition to a low carbon economy in central and eastern Europe.
The problem is bigger than a few projects. European Union Member States in central and eastern Europe (CEE) misspend billions of EU funds that are destined to transform the carbon-intensive, inefficient energy systems of their countries.
For example, in CEE countries only 7 per cent of the 178 billion euros in European Regional Development and Cohesion Funds will be invested into renewables, energy efficiency and smart grids.
Transparency and participation in EU funds decision-making
The Cohesion Policy’s partnership principle prescribes the inclusion of local authorities and civil society in the delivery of EU funds. This, as research has shown, improves project quality, curbs potential corruption cases and brings tangible social and environmental benefits to communities.
In many member states however, public participation is reduced to a formal process (for instance limited to the so-called Monitoring Committees). Independent experts and affected communities have often very limited access to information and can not voice their opinions effectively.