Supporting the recovery: MEPs to discuss EU’s 2021 budget with Council 

MEPs want the next annual EU budget to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and support the recovery, building on the low-carbon and digital transformation.

Monday’s debate will kick off with Council’s presentation of its position on the first annual draft budget of the - yet to be agreed - 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF, the EU’s long-term budget).

MEPs are likely to condemn any attempt by Council to reduce the 2021 draft budget, as proposed by the Commission, particularly on key EU programmes like research and innovation, Erasmus+, the Just Transition Fund, migration and border management funds, and external action.

You can find a summary of Parliament’s - and an analysis of Council’s - position in the working document by the EP’s rapporteur for the 2021 EU budget, Pierre Larrouturou (S&D, FR).

Parliament’s budget priorities for 2021 were adopted in June.


The debate - and the preparations and negotiations of the Union’s 2021 budget - are taking place under unusual circumstances, as there is still no political agreement on the MFF, which serves as the basis for the annual budgets.

The calendar for this year’s annual budgetary procedure is here.

In case the new MFF is not in place in time for 2021, MEPs have asked the Commission to propose an MFF contingency plan in order to protect beneficiaries of EU programmes and ensure continuity of funding.

Procedure: Budgetary

Debate: Monday, 5 October