New Beginnings: Budget

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The von der Leyen Commission starts its mandate in the middle of the negotiations of the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) covering the 2021-2027 period. It cannot re-draft the MFF from scratch but has some leverage to influence the negotiations of the MFF and related EU spending programmes, particularly if partnering with the new European Parliament. In this final briefing of our series, we provide some recommendations to the next Commission on how to work together with the Parliament to secure an appropriate and well-functioning EU budget for the years ahead and to align the next MFF and related sectoral spending programmes to the new Commission’s budgetary ambitions in the fields of energy and climate, digital, social, migration, EMU, security and defence and the respect of democratic values.

This series is a cooperation between the Jacques Delors Institutes in Berlin and Paris and makes concrete proposals for the EU’s next institutional cycle. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.