EU Budget 2022 deal: investing more for a strong recovery

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.

MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for health, research, climate action, SMEs and the young in next year’s EU budget, after talks with Council on Monday.

On Monday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the 2022 EU Budget, shortly before the deadline of the conciliation period, ending on Monday 15 November at midnight. Parliament has obtained in total €479.1 million for its priorities on top of what the Commission has proposed in the Draft budget updated with the Letter of amendment.

The preliminary figures are €169.5 billion in commitment appropriations and €170.6 billion in payment appropriations. Detailed figures will be available later.

MEPs were successful in increasing funding for programmes and policies which they see as contributing to the post-pandemic recovery, in line with Parliament’s priorities set out in its guidelines for 2022. These include the Horizon Europe research programme (+€100 million above the Commission’s draft budget) and the environment and climate action LIFE programme (+€47.5 million). The Single Market Programme is topped up by €30 million (including €10 million for tourism sector), and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office by €3.8 million, protecting European taxpayers’ money from criminals.

Young people and health

Support for young people is a key priority for Parliament: MEPs managed to increase Erasmus+ by €35 million. EU4Health has also been boosted, with an additional €51 million to build up a strong European Health Union and to make national health systems more resilient.

Humanitarian aid, migration, external assistance

The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI – Global Europe) was topped up by €190 million, with a particular focus on fighting the pandemics, including through vaccinations.

Humanitarian Aid was topped by EUR 211 million, to allow for the Solidarity and Emergency Aid Reserve to be able to cover increased needs of the EU Solidarity Fund in relation with the natural catastrophes in the EU.

As part of the overall agreement, draft amending budgets 5 and 6, focusing on the help to the Syrian refugees in Turkey and the region, and financing 200 million vaccination doses through the COVAX mechanism, were also agreed.


Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, BE), Chair of the Committee on Budgets: “Overall, I am pleased with the agreement reached today. It contains important responses to the challenges the Union faces today. In the field of health to further combat the COVID-19 crisis but equally so when it comes to the research and innovation needed to modernize our economies, and the protection of our common borders.”

Karlo Ressler (EPP, HR), general rapporteur for the EU budget 2022 (for section III – Commission): “The budget negotiations took place in difficult circumstances, during the fight against the pandemic and its consequences, and we can be satisfied with the result. Parliament managed to reinforce the next European budget with almost 500 million Euro. The reinforcements will boost Europe’s recovery and pave a way for a more resilient Union, with a focus on support for small and medium sized enterprises, enhance student mobility, build a stronger health Union as well as further invest in digital and green transitions. Special focus was put on the external dimensions with additional support to humanitarian aid and support for vaccination efforts worldwide. This budget is a clear message for all Europeans that Europe is committed to a strong recovery, for all sectors, all regions and all generations.”

Damian Boeselager (Greens/EFA, DE), rapporteur for the other sections: “I welcome the agreement, as it will ensure the proper functioning of the institutions as well as better scrutiny of all Union instruments such as the ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery plan.”

Next steps

After Council has formally adopted the compromise, it will be discussed in the Committee on Budgets on Thursday (18 November), then voted on in plenary in the European Parliament (during the November session in Strasbourg) and signed into law by its President.

Around 93% of the EU’s budget goes to citizens, regions, cities, farmers and businesses.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

African cooperation on peace ‘increasingly strong’, Security Council told

4 ways Africa can prepare its youth for the digital economy

Mobile technology saving lives: Changing healthcare systems with simple technology solutions

A Sting Exclusive: “Technology for all, development for all: the role of ITU”, written by the Secretary General of the United Nations Agency

The historical performance of women in human health

Mental health in times of a pandemic: what can each individual do to lessen the burden?

Why the way of loving closes doors of health?

MEPs agree on future regional and cohesion funding

Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament to announce candidates

‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

5 ways cities can use emerging technologies to fight climate change

COVID-19: Commission steps up research funding and selects 17 projects in vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics

Coronavirus: new procedure to facilitate and speed up approval of adapted vaccines against COVID-19 variants

These are the most innovative cities in the world

How COVID-19 revealed 3 critical AI procurement blindspots that could put lives at risk

Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs over 400 as Government-led relief efforts are stepped up

Coronavirus: Macro-financial assistance agreement provides for €80 million disbursement to North Macedonia

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

Should trade continue to be global after the pandemic?

UN chief applauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees in need

The European Commission and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

Violent disorder is on the rise. Is inequality to blame?

Storms and snow in Lebanon worsen plight for Syrian refugees

Ditching plastic straws isn’t enough. Here’s how to achieve zero waste.

A call for a new crop of innovators

Planet’s Health is Our Health and the Reverse is True

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €24.9 billion in pre-financing to Italy

EU Digital COVID Certificate enters into application in the EU

EU to pay a dear price if the next crisis catches Eurozone stagnant and deflationary; dire statistics from Eurostat

The results of Finland’s basic income experiment are in. Is it working?

Growing a new coral reef in a fraction of the time with a fragment of the coral

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

This plastic-free bag dissolves in water

Canada has high levels of well-being and solid growth but trade tensions and housing market pose risks while inclusiveness could be improved

Global leaders adopt agenda to overcome COVID-19 crisis and avoid future pandemics

Safer roads: More life-saving technology to be mandatory in vehicles

The cuts on 2014 Budget will divide deeply the EU

FROM THE FIELD: Weather reports come to aid of Uganda’s farmers

EU leaders let tax-evaders untouched

What does reimagining our energy system look like?

Unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Mali revealed in new report

UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance

Meeting the crypto regulatory challenge

Business models inspired by nature are the future

Business is a crucial partner in solving the mental health challenge

3 important lessons from 20 years of working with social entrepreneurs

3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative and fair

UN must bring more women police officers into the fold to be effective – UN peacekeeping official

Getting vaccinated should just be considered a human right?

It’s time for the circular economy to go global – and you can help

Prospect of lasting peace ‘fading by the day’ in Gaza and West Bank, senior UN envoy warns

Does the “climate change” require ombudsman services for environment?

Not a single child spared the ‘mind-boggling violence’ of Yemen’s war

Stakeholder capitalism is urgently needed – and the COVID-19 crisis shows us why

Here’s how we get businesses to harmonize on climate change

Climate change and health: a much needed multidisciplinary approach

Desires for national independence in Europe bound by economic realities

Brazil must immediately end threats to independence and capacity of law enforcement to fight corruption

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: