EU budget debate ahead of crucial MFF summit 

Ahead of the European Council starting on 20 February, MEPs will discuss their priorities for the next long-term EU budget with the Council and the Commission.

MEPs will reiterate their call for an ambitious multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 that ensures the continuity of the EU’s main policies, like the regional and agricultural policies. Priority areas like climate action, research, digitalisation, support for young people (Erasmus+, youth employment) and for SMEs should be boosted. Recent endeavours, such as addressing the investment gap in the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis, migration and security, should be financed with fresh means, i.e. not at the expense of other programmes.

EU heads of state or government will discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 during a special meeting of the European Council on 20 February 2020. They still have not agreed on a common position. Parliament adopted its position in November 2018, following the Commission’s proposal in May 2018.

Check the MFF Q&A and a structured list with the most important links for complete and up-to-date information.

Journalists are invited to roundtable talks with EP Budget negotiators on Tuesday afternoon, 1600.-19.00 in the WEISS building, room S2.2.

President Sassoli will hold a press conference on the MFF on Wednesdat at 13.00. A press conference by EP rapporteurs involved in MFF-related negotiations with the Council on Erasmus, Creative Europe and the European Solidarity Corps is scheduled for Wednesday, at 15.00.

Council and Commission statements followed by a debate

Debate: Wednesday, 12 February