On 10 July 2021, European Council President Charles Michel presented the draft Council conclusions for the upcoming 17 July EU summit, which include the proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework. The European Parliament has reacted to the proposal by expressing their disagreement with additional cuts to the long-term EU budget, also and in particular regarding the Horizon Europe budget. They urge the European Council to improve the proposal.
The EP states that it cannot accept what it calls "the very low level proposed for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) ceilings for 2021-2027", in particular the further cuts of € 25 billion from "key programmes such as Erasmus+, Digital Europe, Horizon Europe and migration". The EP calls this "unacceptable and another step away from Parliament’s position", stating that "European Union’s long-term objectives have not disappeared with the COVID-19 outbreak and should not be sacrificed for the sake of short-term recovery". However, the EP welcomes the new climate target of 30% and its application to both the MFF and the Recovery Instrument.
In a similar vein, LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has also reacted to the proposal, stating that the planned cuts were a “complete contradiction given the EU’s stated goals to push for further digitisation of societies and economies and for greater environmental sustainability, among other knowledge-driven objectives relating to Covid-19".
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