Von der Leyen criticises Finnish presidency’s EU budget proposal

By |december 4th, 2019|EU budget 2021-2027, EU summit, European Commission, European Parliament, Finnish Presidency, MFF, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Rule of Law Mechanism, Ursula von der Leyen|

The new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, did not mince her words at her first press conference on Wednesday (4 December), criticising a recent proposal of the Finnish EU Presidency for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget and voicing concern "about the severe cuts in the proposal".

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LEAK: Finland’s EU budget proposal limits expenditure to 1.06% of GNI

By |december 2nd, 2019|EU budget, Finnish Presidency, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News|

Finland’s rotating presidency of the EU proposed an expenditure of 1.07% of the region's gross national income (GNI) for the period 2021- 2027, slightly increasing its past ceiling but below the European Commission and the European Parliament proposals, according to the draft proposal seen by EURACTIV.com.

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Why EU must guarantee funding for local, regional governments in post-2020 development policy

By |november 27th, 2019|Development Policy, local authorities, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, SDGs|

Member states must strongly support the proposal of the European Parliament to add a budget line for local authorities to tackle global challenges, including through their decentralised cooperation, writes Marlène Siméon.  

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Financing the energy transition: Where’s the money?

By |november 18th, 2019|coal phase-out, Energy transition, Energy Transition Fund (ETF), EU budget 2021-2027, Just transition, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, phasing out fossil fuels|

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s pledge to turn Europe into “the world’s first climate-neutral continent” means efforts to green the economy are set to go into overdrive. But where will the necessary funds come from to back the...

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Member states reject adding €50 million for Brexit preparedness

By |november 15th, 2019|Brexit, EU budget 2020, Günther Oettinger, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News|

EU member states refused the European Commission’s request to add €50 million to deal with a no-deal Brexit, as the national governments are refusing to increase the overall budget for 2020.

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Oettinger fires at “misleading” EU budget figures

By |oktober 30th, 2019|EU budget, Germany, Günther Oettinger, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News|

The dispute between net contributors and the European Commission escalated on Wednesday (30 October) as Budget Commissioner Gunter Oettinger described as "misleading" Germany's EU budget figures reported by the media.

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MEP Novakov: EU Cohesion policy needs a tough lady like Elisa Ferreira to defend it

By |oktober 28th, 2019|Brexit, Bulgaria, cohesion policy, Elisa Ferreira, EU budget 2021-2027, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, own resources, rule of law, Slovakia|

Rule of law should be a matter of respect everywhere, not only in the Cohesion Policy. But ordinary beneficiaries should not be held responsible for the action of the whole country infringing common EU standards, MEP Andrey Novakov told EURACTIV Slovak...

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Summit concludes with no progress on EU’s long-term budget

By |oktober 18th, 2019|EU budget, European Council, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News|

EU leaders failed to narrow their differences over the EU's seven-year budget for 2021-27,  the Multiannual Financial Framework, as member states maintained their entrenched positions on the EU’s spending volume and priorities. 

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EU Summit LIVE: Brexit, Budget, Balkans

By |oktober 17th, 2019|Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, EU enlargement, EU-Turkey, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News|

European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on 17-18 October to discuss if, how and when the United Kingdom will leave the bloc. With everything up in the air, an extension seems the safest bet. The EU's seven-year budget, enlargement to the Weste...

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‘Broad support’ for EU-wide plastic tax

By |oktober 16th, 2019|EU budget 2021-2027, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, plastic tax|

A European tax on plastic waste is gaining momentum as a way to bring new sources of revenue to the EU budget as leaders prepare for a two-day summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday (17 October).

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