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Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

Commission offers softer rules to Hungary, Poland to sweeten EU prosecutor deal

EU Commissioner of Justice Věra Jourová said on Friday (6 October) that she is ready to simplify rules controlling cohesion expenditure if Poland and Hungary join the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

European Union to get a single public prosecutor

A Luxembourg-based chief prosecutor, first envisioned in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, will start work next year after getting final approval from the European Parliament today.

Brexit 28-09-2017

Auditor recommends giving committed EU funds to UK after Brexit

The easiest solution to settle the account with the UK would be to continue transferring committed EU funds to London within this budgetary period even beyond the exit date of March 2019, the president of the European Court of Auditors Klaus-Heiner Lehne said on Wednesday (27 September).

Brexit 20-09-2017

Britain to offer €20 billion for Brexit divorce bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to pay a Brexit divorce bill of at least €20 billion, $24 billion), according to officials cited by the Financial Times.

Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

Europe’s investment in education keeps dropping

European member states have cut their education budgets continuously since 2009, according to Eurostat data.

EU Priorities 2020 06-09-2017

Tajani maps out strategy for European Parliament 2019 elections

With just under two years to go until the next European elections, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has sketched out campaign priorities that rebuff Euroscepticism and populism in favour of getting more people to come out and vote.

Economy & Jobs 02-08-2017

EU politicians should lead EU budget talks, not technocrats

Europe’s political leadership should be the one to take the lead in consultations and the responsibility to speed up individual political decisions on which technocrats will be called upon to adapt financial tools for their achievement, Stavros Kalafatis writes.

Agrifood 17-07-2017

French anger at CAP co-financing proposal

The European Commission’s suggestion that EU member states co-finance part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the biggest consumer of the bloc’s budget, has met with steady support in Germany and exasperation in France. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 05-07-2017

Commission must involve the people in next EU budget debate

French President Emmanuel Macron is right to propose public debates on the Future of Europe. But the EU budget is where change will first manifest itself, writes David Holyoake.

Brexit 28-06-2017

Commission mulls CAP cuts, rebates in effort to shore up post-2020 budget

Faced with a looming gap in the EU's post-2020 budget caused by Brexit and higher security spending, the Commission is considering cutting funding for farmers, conditioning disbursements on the rule of law in member states and removing rebates once the UK leaves.

Brexit 28-06-2017

UK has ‘lots of legal advice’ to reject €60 billion Brexit bill

The UK's Brexit negotiators claim they have had “lots of legal advice” suggesting that the €60 billion Brexit bill should not be paid to Brussels, EURACTIV.com has learned.

EU budget for climate action: Time to wake the sleeping beauty

The European Commission will publish its ‘Reflection paper on the future of EU finances’ on 28 June. Against a background of renewed commitments from European leaders towards climate action, the EU budget must be reformed to comply with the requirements of the Paris Agreement, writes Markus Trilling.

Brexit 01-06-2017

Brexit GDP losses to dwarf Britain’s EU budget contributions

As net contributors to the EU budget, the UK’s Brexiteers had hoped they would be better off after leaving the bloc. But the evidence suggests Britain stands to lose more through reduced market access than it could hope to claw back from Brussels.

Brexit 29-04-2017

Leaders call for discipline to maintain fragile unity in Brexit talks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that talks over the post-Brexit EU budget could divide member states, undermining the show of unity they put on at a summit today (29 April).

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

Austria won’t increase contribution to EU budget after Brexit

European Union negotiators displayed unity as they met today (27 April) to discuss guidelines for divorce talks with Britain, seeking to forestall differences that could emerge at a later stage of talks.

Economy & Jobs 06-04-2017

MEP: Own resources are only answer to EU’s ‘budget schizophrenia’

The revision of the multiannual financial framework will give the EU budget more breathing room but will still not give the bloc enough clout, MEP Isabelle Thomas told EURACTIV France.

Economy & Jobs 23-03-2017

Oettinger: €60 billion Brexit bill ‘not totally wrong’

EXCLUSIVE / EU Budget Commissioner Günter Oettinger has told EURACTIV.com that the €60 billion bill floated as the price of Brexit is "not totally wrong", just days before Britain triggers Article 50, the legal process to leave the bloc.

Future EU 20-03-2017

The EU budget: Unlocking a new vision for Europe

The key to unlocking a more inspiring and politically winnable New Vision for a strong Europe may well be the next European budget, writes David Holyoake.

Future EU 06-03-2017

UK could escape post-Brexit EU bill if no deal agreed, say British lawmakers

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without agreeing an exit deal it will not be legally obliged to contribute to the bloc's budget post-Brexit, a committee of members of Britain's upper house of parliament said on Saturday (4 March).

Future EU 28-02-2017

Oettinger warns Germany will have to pay more after Brexit

Germany and other net contributors to the EU budget will have to pay out more once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, European Commissioner Günther Oettinger said in comments published yesterday (27 February).

Future EU 21-02-2017

UK to be hit with ‘very hefty’ Brexit bill, says Juncker

Britain will have to pay a "very hefty" bill to leave the European Union and negotiating a new relationship with the bloc will take years, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned today (21 February).

Euro & Finance 25-01-2017

Monti group advisor: EU money could be better targeted at external borders

Instead of punishing member states that refuse to accept refugees, there could be improved compensation for those that accept refugees and manage their resettlement, Dr. Giacomo Benedetto told EURACTIV Slovakia in a wide-ranging interview.

Euro & Finance 12-01-2017

Kalfin: Brexit is an opportunity for the future EU budget

The EU budget should become more transparent or other countries will follow the UK's example. But Brexit also provides an opportunity to get rid of all rebates, which nobody can actually explain, Ivailo Kalfin, member of the Monti group on the future EU budget, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Ivailo Kalfin, is a member of …