European Parliament sets out its priorities for 2019 EU budget
Last week, the draft guidelines for the 2019 EU budget were adopted by the European Parliament. The European Commission's presentation of the draft budget is scheduled for May 2018. After that, negotiations between Council and Parliament will begin. The final budget is to be adopted before the end of 2018.
The top priorities of the next EU budget are considered to be growth, innovation, competitiveness, security, tackling climate change, renewable energies, and migration. The EP recognises Horizon 2020 and its successor programme as an important instrument to stimulate growth and jobs, and consequently demands higher investment in this programme. When it comes to youth employment, the EP claims that the reinforcement of Erasmus+ and the Youth Employment Initiative is of importance.