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<TitreSuite>to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission</TitreSuite>

<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 132(2) of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework and own resources: time to meet the citizens’ expectations</Titre>


<RepeatBlock-By><Depute>Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Younous Omarjee</Depute>

<Commission>{GUE/NGL}on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group</Commission>



European Parliament resolution on the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework and own resources: time to meet the citizens’ expectations


The European Parliament,

 having regard to Articles 311, 312 and 323 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),

 having regard to Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 of 2 December 2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020[1] and its subsequent amendment by Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2017/1123 of 20 June 2017[2],

 having regard to Articles 106a and 171 of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community,

 having regard to its resolution of 30 May 2018 on the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework and own resources[3],

 having regard to Rule 132(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF) has proven inadequate in addressing the concrete needs of citizens and the challenges the Member States face; whereas current neoliberal austerity policies have widened socio-economic inequalities within and between the Member States, deepened the recession in some Member States, increased the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, undermined the social function of the state, weakened peoples’ and workers’ rights, and led to rising unemployment and lower public spending in vital structural areas; whereas labour market deregulation and regressive tax systems have exacerbated the income and wealth gap;

B. whereas the climate and environmental crises, in addition to the loss of biodiversity characteristic of the sixth mass extinction of species, pose a threat to the stability, health and livelihood of societies all over the world, as well as to animal welfare; whereas the commitments made at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21), reiterated at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, have not been adequately implemented;

C. whereas there is an urgent need for a different integration process which serves social and democratic progress, provides fair and peaceful solutions to international challenges, promotes worldwide cultural dialogue and is firmly based on sovereign countries cooperating on an equal footing;

D. whereas there is a growing awareness about and demand for more action to promote sustainable, qualitative and socially balanced growth, the creation of jobs, solidarity, prosperity for all, a fair distribution of wealth, employment security and social protection, the provision of quality, universal and free public services, environmental well-being, and affordable housing, energy, communications, infrastructure and public services in general, in particular for the most vulnerable;

1. Takes note of the unanimity principle for decisions on the MFF in Council ; recalls the principles of co-decision and the normal democratic functioning of the institutions as regards the adoption procedure for the MFF; opposes therefore the ‘negotiating box’ approach pursued by the Council, because it subverts Parliament’s Treaty prerogatives as a co-legislator;

2. Emphasises that the next MFF must meet the real needs, demands and aspirations of the peoples of Europe; stresses that it must be built upon a new strategy – a new socio-ecological public investment plan at EU level– directed at Member States’ development strategies, which addresses current internal and external challenges and engages in an emergency transition to an environmentally sustainable, socially progressive and fairer Europe; insists that a substantial increase in the EU budget is necessary, with the aim of strengthening solidarity and preserving and enhancing its redistributive function, thus guaranteeing the implementation of the principle of social, economic and territorial cohesion and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in and outside the EU, while guaranteeing the funding and specific measures needed for the EU’s outermost regions;

3. Calls for the transparent earmarking of Union funds and special financial instruments to ensure the accountable use of such instruments and their commitment to this socio-ecological public investment plan; suggests that climate change mitigation be mainstreamed across the whole Union budget through full climate-proofing of the MFF budget lines; urges that the just transition fund for coal regions in the EU be spent only on projects which aim to phase out fossil fuels;

4. Calls for a Union income system based on genuine own resources funded by taxes on the financial sector such as the Financial Transaction Tax, in addition to consideration of other taxes on large digital multinationals and on the most polluting industries, such as a plastic and carbon border tax; calls for a common corporate tax base, in order to achieve an autonomous, fairer, more transparent, simpler and more equitable financial system; insists on the urgent need to reinforce the authorities combating tax evasion and tax fraud and cooperation between them, and to set up a European authority to support their transnational fight; supports a consolidated EU black list enumerating existing tax havens within the EU; proposes the introduction of a mechanism which would require companies that receive EU grants to reimburse the Member States if the beneficiary company decides to relocate outside the Union after receiving the subsidy;

5. Recalls its position that European funds supporting the objective of territorial, social and economic cohesion cannot be sacrificed for new EU objectives; recalls that cohesion constitutes a large-scale solidarity policy of the Union; advocates a significant increase in the budget for regional policies, since the current amount of resources allocated to cohesion has proved insufficient; suggests that new EU policies should not be financed from cohesion policy funding; stresses that any macroeconomic or political conditionality in the application of Community funds must be rejected;

6. Urges the development of a socioeconomic model whose main concern is the end of inequalities between peoples and the attainment of high living standards for workers and people in general; underlines in particular the need to substantially increase funding for programmes which promote employment with rights and the social inclusion of young people; opposes any attempt to abolish the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived;

7. Insists that specific programmes promoting investment in research, education, mobility (i.e. free public transport), innovation and technological progress be reinforced, thus supporting the transition to a sustainable production model, adaptation to and the mitigation of climate change, and the promotion of progressive social and economic change;

8. Insists that, in order to be prepared for the digital era, the EU budget must provide adequate support to digital literacy for all, data sovereignty and a diverse digital offer to citizens, while ensuring the highest protection of personal data;

9. Stresses that Brexit must not entail the reduction of the budget for environmental, social and cohesion policies; stresses the importance of the negotiations on the next MFF and urges that the budgetary repercussions of Brexit on core Union budget lines such as cohesion policy be limited as much as possible;

10. Highlights the important contribution the Union has made to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, in particular through its support for the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, and welcomes all previous commitments by the Commission and Parliament to maintaining essential European funds for Ireland, north and south, after Brexit; calls on the Commission to prepare for the scenario of a Unified Ireland;

11. Stresses the need to implement effective climate change prevention, adaptation and mitigation strategies across the EU in order to protect agricultural land in the long term; emphasises the need for a public common agricultural policy (CAP) that prioritises small farmers, local agriculture and cooperatives, that places remunerative prices at the heart of the agricultural policy and that establishes instruments for the regulation of markets and production; acknowledges each country’s right to produce food and to guarantee food sovereignty and security; calls for further support for socio-economic and environmental sustainability, animal welfare and biodiversity measures; calls for a revision of the current export-oriented agricultural policy and the practice of intensive farming;

12. Calls for biodiversity to be safeguarded in marine environments; highlights that fisheries policy should take into account the environmental, economic and social dimensions of fisheries, in order to implement sustainable management practices, which could involve self-imposed restrictions and the creation of fisheries-free zones in areas where fish stocks and biodiversity are threatened; calls for the creation of a support programme for small-scale, coastal and artisanal fisheries, the most sustainable segment of the sector, which accounts for the vast majority of jobs; considers that conservation measures such as stock rebuilding plans or the creation of fisheries-free zones in areas where fish stocks and biodiversity are threatened must be duly financed by the EU budget, in a way that offsets the impact on small-scale fishermen’s income; proposes a more complementary relationship between fisheries agreements and development policy that would ensure that those agreements contribute to the development of third countries’ fisheries sectors;

13. Points out the fundamental need to create a budget heading for sustainable tourism, given the importance of the sector in the EU economy, with a view to addressing common challenges, such as the impact of climate change, and other man-made crises in general, through a destination crisis management mechanism and by enhancing the competitiveness of the sector by, inter alia, promoting Europe as a tourist destination;

14. Emphasises that EU funding for the reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers must be substantially increased; insists that the current priorities of outsourcing border control and the serious increase in costly security measures, such as administrative detention and large scale IT systems, which have not proven their effectiveness and often contravene the rights of migrants and refugees, must be immediately abandoned; calls for the Union to commit politically and financially to the opening of safe and legal pathways for migrants and asylum seekers, while guaranteeing a proactive search and rescue programme; calls for Union development funds and humanitarian aid not to be linked to partner countries’ capacity and/or willingness to cooperate on migration control, for example through readmission clauses or migration management obligations; insists that projects that are not in line with the Union’s and Member States’ obligations to respect fundamental rights must be scrapped; calls for the establishment of effective partnerships with civil society human rights organisations, so as to ensure that they are consulted in the preparation, planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of funding at both national and EU level; regrets the use of a substantial part of funds for large scale IT systems, and insists that no further surveillance capabilities should be financed by the EU, including through pilot projects;

15. Urges that all public investment in health, education, housing, other social services, transport and communications, the environment, the protection of rural, remote and the most deprived areas, culture, and the reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers must be exempt from the EU deficit rules laid out in the EU Stability and Growth Pact until the pact is repealed;

16. Highlights the importance of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for responding to major natural disasters, and takes note of the proposed increase in commitment and payment appropriations for the EUSF; calls on the Commission to further increase this fund and to adapt the rules to make its mobilisation more flexible and adaptable to one-off events, so as to cover a wider range of disasters with a major impact and reduce the time between the disaster and the availability of funds;

17. Calls for greater promotion of peace, in particular an increase in support measures for poverty eradication, humanitarian aid, and sustainable and fair economic and social development; insists that external cooperation should be based on the principle of international solidarity, multilateralism and respect for the sovereignty of third countries; reiterates the importance of EU development policy in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; calls therefore for increased funds for developing countries and for an ambitious and adequately funded Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI);

18. Stresses the need for greater democratic oversight, traceability of funds and spending, in addition to parliamentary scrutiny of the Union’s external action; insists, in this regard, that proper funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) must be guaranteed;

19. Calls for the demilitarisation of EU policies, for a commitment to nuclear disarmament, and for an end to external military interventions; firmly rejects the establishment of the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme;

20. Recalls the commitment to the proper functioning of the EU institutions and to the principle of multilingualism; rejects further cuts to human resources that could hamper the legislative competence of each institution, and expresses its concern about current human resources policy, given that the challenges and workload in the EU institutions have increased;

21. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, and the other institutions and bodies concerned.


[1] OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 884.

[2] OJ L 163, 24.6.2017, p. 1.

[3] Texts adopted, P8_TA(2018)0226.

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