The CPMR firmly regrets the Finnish Presidency proposal to reduce the overall level of the EU budget for the 2021 – 2027 period based on Member State contributions fixed at 1.07% of their Gross National Income (GNI). It restates its unreserved support to the European Parliament position: an ambitious European Union should be supported by an ambitious budget based on EU Member States contributions fixed at 1.3% GNI and new own resources.
The revised version of the next Multiannual Financial Framework Negotiating Box circulated by the Finnish Presidency ahead of the European Council (12-13th December) introduces financial amounts for key EU policies for the very first time, a mere 18 months following the publication of the European Commission proposal.
“The Finnish Presidency proposal suggests cuts to many of the key EU policies delivered on the ground by regional authorities. It is unrealistic and literally impossible to achieve an ambitious Union that strives for more with such a weak budget” said CPMR President Vasco Cordeiro.
The CPMR is particularly concerned about the proposed reduction to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF); such a reduction of this Transport pillar makes it impossible to fulfil the CEF missions and achieve the TEN-T in due time. The proposed 18% for the CEF will make it impossible for the EU to reach its ambition to connect and integrate the Union and all its Regions.
The CPMR also regrets the overall reduction of Cohesion Policy budget, harming one of the main pillars of the European project, and calls on EU leaders to protect it during the upcoming negotiations.
Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR said “Sadly, we are facing a compromise Negotiating Box that is aimed at achieving a broad consensus across Member States, instead of targeting the support of an ambitious European project”.
The CPMR General Secretariat has gone through the latest version of the Negotiation Box, providing a first analysis on its content and major changes, including a thorough breakdown of the budget allocation compared to the EC proposal. You can consult this analysis here.