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10 Dec 2019

EP is critical of Finnish Presidency MFF proposal

The negotiating team of the European Parliament (EP) for the Mulitannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 has criticised the recent preliminary MFF proposal by the current Finnish EU Council Presidency. The proposal is the first to include tentative figures for further negotiations at the Council and with the EP, based on a proposed overall level of €1,087 billion (1.07% of the EU’s GNI) for the next MFF.

The Chair of the EP's Committee on Budgets, Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, BE), said the proposal was "well below Parliament’s expectations", and that much work would still need to be done in order to reach an agreement. As it had also done on previous occasions, the EP rejected the proposed cuts. Amongst other issues, the MEPs called for boosting flagship programmes, including those in the area of research and innovation and environment and climate transition, and said that on the basis of the Finnish proposal, the programme presented by the recently installed von der Leyen Commission, including the "European Green Deal", would be "impossible to implement". 

For more information:

EP - press release

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