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03 Sep 2019

Council adopts position on 2020 EU budget

On 3 September 2019, the Council formally adopted its position on the 2020 EU budget and supports continued focus on growth, innovation, security and migration. The Council continues to support the reinforcement of the programmes under the heading "Competitiveness for growth and jobs", which would receive €24.0 billion, or +2.72% compared to 2019. More funding compared to 2019 is foreseen, for instance, for Horizon 2020, Europe's satellite navigation systems EGNOS and Galileo, the energy strand of the Connection Europe Facility, Erasmus+, and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme.

The Council today also adopted its position on four amending budgets to the 2019 EU budget proposed by the Commission, approving them without changes. These amendments reinforce the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ programmes by €100 million as agreed during the negotiations on the 2019 EU budget.

As a next step, the Council’s position will be presented to the European Parliament at the September plenary. The EP is expected to adopt its amendments to the Council’s position on 23 October.

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