2022 EU budget: MEPs demand the focus must be on COVID-19 crisis recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Budget Committee wants to boost the pandemic recovery process and lay the foundations for a more resilient EU. The Committee on Budgets adopted, in a vote on Tuesday, their position on the 2022 EU budget. In doing so they restored appropriations on all […]

Protecting the EU budget: European Public Prosecutor’s Office will start operating on 1 June

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission officially confirmed that the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) will start operating on 1 June. Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, said: “We are on the home stretch now: we are about to launch the first-ever independent EU office to […]

MEPs ready to take Commission to court for failing to protect EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is prepared to take legal action should the Commission delay the application of the budget’s Rule of Law conditionality mechanism any further. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 529 votes in favour, 148 against and 10 abstentions, MEPs recall that the failure […]

Plenary highlights: Commission changes, EU budget and climate law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs voted for changes at the European Commission, more ambitious climate targets, and discussed the rule of law in EU countries during the 5-8 October plenary session in Brussels. On Wednesday, Parliament approved the appointment of Mairead McGuinness as commissioner for financial services, financial […]

Long-term EU budget: Parliament wants safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Wednesday, MEPs adopted a legislative resolution by 616 votes in favour, 29 against […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs demand safety net for beneficiaries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The current health crisis compels us to tackle the risk of the next long-term EU budget not coming into force on 1 January 2021 with even more urgency, MEPs say. On Monday, Members of the Committee on Budgets adopted a legislative initiative report by […]

Von der Leyen on EU long-term budget: our opportunity to make Europe fit for the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “All of us must be ready to find a common ground and we must find the right balance between old and new priorities”, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said about the EU long-term budget at the European Parliament debate today. European […]

Long-term EU budget: The Union’s ambitions must be matched with sufficient reliable funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP negotiators for the post-2020 EU budget discussed their priorities with European Council President Charles Michel, ahead of a crucial plenary debate on the budget next week. In the meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday, MEPs reiterated their call for an […]

EU Budget 2020 conciliation talks suspended

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. After making every effort to reach a compromise on an adequate EU budget for 2020 during long hours on Friday, Parliament and Council have suspended the talks without agreement. The discussions will continue on Monday 18 November, the last day of the conciliation period. […]

Plans to keep EU budget funding in 2020 in the event of a no-deal Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. UK Researchers, students and farmers would continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the Budgets Committee on Monday. The Budget Committee approved a measure to make sure that EU funds for 2019 and 2020 are […]

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its latest report about the management of the EU budget,the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget. The auditors gave the EU annual […]

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

The European border agency Frontex has been found to violate human rights and abuse its power to make excessive use of force and mistreat migrants according to latest research conducted by the ARD political magazine report München, the British Guardian and the search center CORRECTIV. However, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been denying […]

MEPs approve EU’s spending in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs gave their thumbs up to the management of the EU’s 2017 budget, in a series of more than 50 votes on Tuesday. They welcomed the fact that the error rate for payments – as estimated by the European Court of Auditors – had […]

European research priorities for 2021-2027 agreed with member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A provisional deal on Horizon Europe that bridges the EU research gap, prioritises SMEs and broadens thematic research was agreed with member states on Tuesday night. The European Parliament’s negotiating team agreed a partial provisional deal on Horizon Europe and its specific programme with […]

Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the European Commission formally initiated work with Member States to finance joint industrial projects in the field of defence. Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under the EU budget […]

Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of “no-deal” contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a “no-deal” scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security […]

MEPs to prioritise environment and climate action in next long-term budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the next 2021-2027 EU budget, MEPs propose to double funding for the LIFE programme. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week setting out their position on the scope and […]

EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers, as well as additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs.   Late on Tuesday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on […]

Commission calls on Leaders to pave the way for an agreement on a modern, balanced and fair EU budget for the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the European Council meeting on 13 and 14 December 2018, the Commission is taking stock of the encouraging progress made so far in the negotiations of the EU’s next long-term budget and urging Leaders to keep up the momentum. The European Council […]

MEPs wants to increase research funding to €120 billion in 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Industry Committee MEPs call for budgetary means to match ambitions on research, defence, space and digital Europe. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (multiannual financial framework – MFF 2021-2027) last week, the Industry, Research and Energy committee on Wednesday […]

EU Budget 2019: no deal before the end of the conciliation period

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Two hours before the end of the conciliation period on Monday Parliament and Council acknowledged that it was not possible to reach a deal on next year’s budget before midnight. Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, said: “Everyone has made […]

Long-term EU budget: MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a vote on Wednesday, MEPs confirmed their position on the next EU long-term budget, including a precise breakdown of the amounts for each EU programme. Parliament underlines its “unity and readiness” for the upcoming multiannual financial framework (MFF 2021-2027) negotiations with EU Ministers […]

EU Budget 2019: focus on the young, on migration and innovation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs set the overall EU Budget for 2019 at €166.34 billion for commitments and €149.3 billion in payments. Negotiations with the Council take place in November. In their budgetary resolution, MEPs reaffirm their priorities: “sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling root causes of refugees […]

EU Budget 2019 to focus on young people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Budgets Committee MEPs demanded an EU budget for 2019 capable of tackling the numerous challenges that the EU continues to face, in a vote on Tuesday. MEPs’ priorities for next year’s budget are “sustainable growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling the root causes of refugee […]

EU budget: Stepping up the EU’s role as a security and defence provider

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase the EU’s strategic autonomy, bolster the EU’s ability to protect its citizens and make the EU a stronger global actor. A €13 billion European Defence Fund will provide the financial firepower […]

EU budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for stronger borders and migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion, as compared to €13 billion in the previous period. The Commission’s proposal is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges, […]

EU budget: Commission proposes €1.26 billion to reinforce the European Solidarity Corps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing a new programme for the European Solidarity Corps beyond 2020, with €1.26 billion to broaden the opportunities it offers. The new programme will allow at least 350,000 young Europeans to support communities in […]

EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient. Continued funding of these programmes will help the EU to progress inoffering businesses unfettered and easy access to the […]

EU budget: Commission proposes most ambitious Research and Innovation programme yet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU […]

EU budget: Commission proposes to increase funding to support the environment and climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and climate action. The LIFE programme is among the EU funding programmes for which the Commission is proposing the […]

EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create a Reform Support Programme and a European Investment Stabilisation Function. Both proposals are part of the broader agenda to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union and make use of the EU budget […]

EU budget: Reinforcing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase funding for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors and audiovisual works, to €1.85 billion. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “The digital environment […]

Climate negotiations on the road to a strong Paris agreement rulebook

The UN climate change negotiations are concluding tomorrow in Bonn after ten days in the German city aiming at developing the final text for the Paris agreement rulebook. However, this is not going to happen before COP24 scheduled in December 2018, according to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia […]