MEPs demand Council starts talks on the EU's long-term budget
The European Commission should create a plan B to protect the recipients of EU funding, if talks on the EU’s long-term budget are further delayed, according to Parliament negotiators.
Today, MEPs will vote on a new resolution on the EU's next long-term budget for 2021-2027, calling on the Council to agree on its position so that a deal can be reached in a timely manner.
Budget negotiations are always tricky; the current long-term budget took 18 months of negotiations. Therefore, the resolution calls on the Commission to create backup plans to protect people, organisations and projects beneffiting from EU funding, which would allow for the extension of the current budget in case a deal isn’t agreed in time.
“We don’t want to have a contingency plan. We don’t want a plan B, but a plan A,” said Parliament negotiator Margarida Marques, a Portuguese S&D member, during a budget committee meeting on 24 September. “But at the same time, we’re also aware that we have a certain situation on our hands right now, and if we can’t have a plan A then we’ll have to create a contingency plan so that citizens, companies and organisations receive the funds they need."
Together with Polish EPP member Jan Olbrycht, Marques is as part of Parliament's negotiating team regarding the spending side. The team also includes two MEPs dealing with own resources - namely José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, Portugal) and Valérie Hayer (Renew Europe, France) - as well as Rasmus Andresen (Greens/EFA, Germany) and Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, Belgium), chair of the budget committee.
While Hayer mentioned during the committee meeting that MEPs feel “frustrated” due to the tight timing, Fernandes and Andresen expressed worries that the Council’s final proposal will be a small budget that won’t be fit for purpose and won’t deal with the EU’s challenges for the future.
Olbrycht said negotiations could be further complicated if the new Commission proposes new initiatives, underlining that these should be financed through fresh appropriations.
MEPs will debate and vote on the resolution today. The European Council is expected to discuss its position on the long-term budget, among other things, during a summit on 17-18 October.
Latest News from
Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector10/07/2020 10:33:00
Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport.
Budget and recovery: MEPs push for clarity on EU own resources10/07/2020 09:25:00
The EU should secure adequate funding to push through its recovery plans and emerge stronger from the Covid-19 crisis, MEPs said during a plenary debate on 8 July.
MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health09/07/2020 16:43:00
In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies.
EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations09/07/2020 15:25:00
The four presidents of the main EU institutions met yesterday to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead.
Debate on EU budget and recovery: “A deal in the Council is not the final deal”09/07/2020 14:43:00
Looking back on the 19 June and forward to the 17 July European Council meetings, MEPs conveyed their stance on future EU financing and economic recovery.
Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament09/07/2020 13:25:00
MEPs discussed with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the strategy and goals of the German Presidency in the coming six months.
Questions and answers: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration09/07/2020 12:38:00
Energy system integration refers to the planning and operating of the energy system “as a whole”, across multiple energy carriers, infrastructures, and consumption sectors.
Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen09/07/2020 11:33:00
To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions.
Parliament to vote on revision of trans-European energy guidelines09/07/2020 10:38:00
MEPs are set to call for funding guidelines for key energy projects and improved storage solutions to better match the EU's ambitious climate goals.