Myths and facts about EU budget and external cooperation
Currently, when EU institutions are working on the new financial framework 2014-2020, let's take a look how the EU budget makes Europe count in the world.
In the aftermath of the earthquake which struck Haiti in January 2010, the EU and the Member States agreed on a common response in support of the reconstruction efforts. The EU and MS presented a common EU pledge of EUR 1,234 billion at the March 2010 New York donors Conference on Haiti reconstruction, out of which EUR 522 million from the EU. Such joint commitment has certainly heightened the visibility and relevance of the EU as the main international donor to the reconstruction process. Member States and the EU also carried out a joint programming exercise which resulted in a revised joint strategy, covering the period 2011-2013. This joint programming exercise underpins the objective of a more coordinated and effective EU-Member States intervention.