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

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Series Details (2018) 321 final (02.05.18)
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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The European Commission launched on 2 May 2018 a package of proposals shaping its vision regarding the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework for the 2021-2027 period.

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.

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These proposal were the result of an extensive debate, following the release of a Communication in which the Commission set out options for the future EU budget.

+ Communication on 'a new, modern Multiannual Financial Framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020', February 2018

The proposed budget combines new instruments with modernised programmes to deliver efficiently on the Union’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. It also responds to the budgetary consequences of the EU withdrawal of the United Kingdom.

The package consists of the following proposals:

+ COM(2018)322: Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027
+ COM(2018)323: Proposal for an Interinstitutional Agreement on budgetary discipline, on cooperation in budgetary matters and on sound financial management
+ COM(2018)324: Proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States
+ COM(2018)325: Proposal for a Council Decision on the system of Own Resources of the European Union
+ COM(2018)326: Proposal for a Council Regulation on the methods and procedure for making available the Own Resources based on the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, on the European Union Emissions Trading System and on plastic packaging waste that is not recycled, and on the measures to meet cash requirements
+ COM(2018)327: Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down implementing measures for the system of Own Resources of the European Union
+ COM(2018)328: Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 1553/89 on the definitive uniform arrangements for the collection of Own Resources accruing from value added tax

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