EP critical of Commission's EU budget proposal
On 30 May 2018, the European Parliament (EP) passed a non-legislative resolution on the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and “own resources” reform. The resolution was passed by 409 votes to 213, with 61 abstentions.
MEPs pointed out that the Commission’s comparative data do not show the full extent of the proposed EU funding reductions for Europe’s regions and farming communities which, according to the EP's own calculations, would lose 10% and 15% respectively, rather than “around 5%” as calculated by the EC. The EP's position is that funding for the common agricultural and cohesion policies must be maintained at least at current levels.
As for the proposed increases for key programmes such as Horizon Europe or Erasmus+, MEPs deplore the fact that these increases are significantly smaller than announced. The EP wants to see the Erasmus+ programme budget tripled, specific funding for SMEs and tackling youth unemployment doubled, and the research and innovation budget increased by at least 50% , “in order to enable [key EU policies] to fulfil their mission and objectives.” Additional funding is likewise needed for security, migration and external relations, the EP adds.
This non-legislative resolution supplements the EP's position (and mandate for the forthcoming negotiations with the Council), consisting of two earlier resolutions, voted on 14 March, on the expenditure and revenue sides of the next MFF. The adoption of a new MFF Regulation requires Parliament’s consent.
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