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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The next MFF: Preparing the Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020 - Reform of the European Union’s system of own resources (debate)

  Ali Nedzhmi, rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Budgetary Control. – Mr President, in order to achieve maximum results through the overall planning process in the EU, the next MFF should be embedded in a broader strategy. This long-term vision, covering the whole period of the next decade, is more of a statement of general strategic direction.

The MFF translates the EU’s policy priorities into budgetary means. EU policies are implemented through a wide range of programmes and, from this point of view, the MFF is not a budget for seven years, but rather a collection of resources geared towards accomplishing the Union’s main goals. The MFF should prioritise support for the common agricultural and cohesion policies, closing the gap between the Member States, as well as the emerging policy areas related to security and migration. To provide the resources needed, the system for financing the EU budget should be reformed based on the recommendations of the High Level Group on Own Resources. Resources have to be spent more efficiently and effectively and create higher European added value.

In order to achieve our goals for a strong and more ambitious Europe in a rapidly changing political environment, we should increase the MFF expenditure ceilings, foster flexibility mechanisms and special instruments and simplify the EU budgetary system.

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