Funding of the MUCF
Initially, the EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility (MUCF) was jointly funded by the European Commission and by the governments of France, Germany and the Netherlands for a period of 3 years (from 15 April 2015 to15 April 2018).
Since 16 April 2018, the funding of the MUCF is fully reliant on the voluntary assessed contributions from Member countries (EU Member States, plus Norway and Switzerland). You can find below an overview on the amount received (blue) and committed (orange) from Member countries for 2018, and so far for 2019 and 2020. The financial budget for 2019 and 2020 is estimated at EUR 500 000.
Funding for 2018
The funding for the remaining period of 2018 was guaranteed by voluntary contributions from: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland up to an amount of EUR 309 500.
You can find a more detailed financial overview in the annual report 2018 that only covers the period from 15 April 2018, (the expiry of the EU grant agreement), until 31 December 2018 (click here
Funding for 2019
The contributing member countries for 2019 are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland up to an amount of EUR 385 000.
The financial budget for 2019 was prepared under the assumption that all member countries have paid their contributions by end 2019 and that a deficit can be covered by carry-over from previous years.
However, by the end of September 2019 not all contributions have been paid yet. More information can be found in the budget planning as part of the work plan 2019 (click here
Funding for 2020
In July 2019 all Member States have been approached by the MUCF for a voluntary assessed contribution for 2020. The financial budget for 2020 is estimated at EUR
500 000. The following countries have already committed or paid their contribution in advance: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden and Switzerland.
However, the funding for 2020 and beyond is still not secured. As many Member States acknowledge the importance of the work of the MUCF we expect them to contribute. Lack of funding will have serious consequences for the minor use work in all Member States.
Countries may pay their contribution to the MUCF alongside their EPPO contribution (as long as the contribution for the MUCF is clearly separated from the EPPO contribution). For more information, you can contact the MUCF at email@example.com
or EPPO at firstname.lastname@example.org
The continuity of the MUCF can only be guaranteed with sufficient member countries that support the MUCF financially. In other scenarios with less contributions there will be an effect on the amount of work that can be done, staffing, EUMUDA and/or reimbursement of expenses for Expert Groups.
A continued funding of the MUCF is critical to support the sustainability of speciality crop production in Europe!