A modern budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends: the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

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Series Details COM (2018) 321
Publication Date 02/05/2018
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Communication published in May 2018 providing the vision behind a set of legislative proposals put forward by the European Commission, in the framework of the discussions relating to the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027.

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The Communication - adopted by the European Commission on 2 May 2018 - provides the context to the following draft laws, which were adopted on the same day:

The proposed budget combines new instruments with modernised programmes, aiming to deliver efficiently on the EU's priorities and to rise to new challenges. It shows how the financing of the budget could be simplified and reformed to forge a stronger link with the political priorities set out by the Union. It also responds to the budgetary consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. The proposals are a result of the debate that followed up the adoption of an earlier Communication, in which the Commission set out options for the forthcoming multiannual EU budget.

A debate on this package of initiatives was held at the European Parliament's plenary session also on 2 May. A non-legislative resolution on the proposals was backed by the plenary session on 30 May. The Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the package in November 2018. In October 2019, the Parliament adopted a Resolution urging the Member States to engage in negotiations. The European Commission also adopted a Communication highlighting the need for further work to be done by the co-legislators. While the matter was discussed at the European Council of that same month, no agreement was reached on a negotiating position.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2018:321:FIN
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