About: Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF)

Future EU 26-05-2020

Volt MEP: Abolishing unanimity is key to making the EU more effective

The coronavirus crisis has once again shown that reforms of "the basic structure" of the EU are necessary, including abolishing unanimity in the European Council, to strengthen the EU's ability to act, German MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt) told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 10-04-2020

Dombrovskis: ‘I could imagine containment costs covered by ESM loans’

Following the Eurogroup’s agreement on the economic response to the coronavirus, European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis on Friday (10 April) welcomed the €540 billion package in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com
Economy & Jobs 28-10-2019

MEP Novakov: EU Cohesion policy needs a tough lady like Elisa Ferreira to defend it

Rule of law should be a matter of respect everywhere, not only in the Cohesion Policy. But ordinary beneficiaries should not be held responsible for the action of the whole country infringing common EU standards, MEP Andrey Novakov told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Future EU 11-06-2019

Monti: Nationalist parties temper the EU in view of future attacks

Pro-EU parties should not feel complacent about the nationalists' failure to win a majority in the new European Parliament, the former Italian prime minister and ex-EU Commissioner Mario Monti told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 03-04-2019

‘Planning the world seven years in advance is absurd’, says EP vice-president

Rising populism and anti-EU sentiment mean the May elections are being portrayed as a “fateful election for Europe”. EURACTIV Germany spoke to Rainer Wieland from the German Christian Democrat Union (CDU) about populists, fair taxes, ‘gilets jaunes’ and citizen consultations.
Economy & Jobs 19-09-2018

EESC president: MFF proposal is ‘not ambitious enough’

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will discuss on Wednesday (19 September) the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) with budget commissioner Günter Oettinger. EESC President Luca Jahier told EURACTIV.com that the long-term budget for 2021-2027 should be increased to 1.3% of EU’s GDP.

Merkel blowing smoke on reform proposals, says former German MEP

With proposals for a European Monetary Fund and an investment budget for the eurozone, Chancellor Angela Merkel only tentatively moves closer to French President Emmanuel Macron. But the proposals do not go far enough, German MP Franziska Brantner told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 23-05-2018

Bullmann: Macron must decide if he is a ‘real progressive’ or not

French President Emmanuel Macron has to make his political identity clear and clarify whether he is a “real progressive” who wants to contribute to a social Europe, S&D President Udo Bullmann told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 19-02-2018

Tech lobby group drafting budget proposal to double EU funds in digital sector

Brussels-based lobby group DigitalEurope is drafting its own proposal outlining how much money should be earmarked for investment in the tech sector as part of the EU’s next budget.
EU Priorities 2020 02-07-2013

Budget negotiator: Commission forgot about the Lisbon Treaty

During the negotiations for the 2014-2020 EU budget, the European Commission appeared to have forgotten that the Lisbon Treaty entails new responsibilities that require at least a minimum of funding, says Alain Lamassoure, MEP and head of the negotiating team for the financial framework.
EU Priorities 2020 28-06-2013

Lewandowski: Agreeing the budget was ‘extreme sports’

The political agreement on the EU budget for 2014-2020 reached yesterday (27 June) was “extreme sports”, says Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, in an exclusive interview in which he explained the details that made the deal possible.
EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2013

Grybauskait?: EU leaders were quiet and calculating at summit

EU leaders displayed quiet resolve to agree a budget deal, with no talk of a veto, but now they must convince the European Parliament to approve the seven-year plan despite real cuts, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskait? told EURACTIV at the margins of the summit.
EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2013

Swoboda: No problem to return to annual budgets

If the EU leaders' agreement on the long-term EU budget does not respect the red lines spelled out by MEPs, namely flexibility, a mid-term review clause and more money for growth and investment, the European Parliament might decide to reject the proposal and revert to annual budgets, says Hannes Swoboda, leader of the Socialists and Democrats group.
EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2013

Verhofstadt: Parliament won’t accept budget proposal

Member states want to reduce their national deficits but EU budget cuts will create deeper problems, Guy Verhofstadt tells EURACTIV at the margins of the EU budget summit.

Carvalho MEP: Hold firm to Horizon 2020 commitments

The EU's research budget must not be allowed to dip below a minimum of €80 billion as a result of the ongoing budget negotiations for 2014-2020, says Portuguese MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, the European Parliament's rapporteur on the EU's proposed Horizon 2020 research programme.
Regional Policy 11-07-2012

MEP responsible for Cohesion Policy: It’s a new era for EU funds

German MEP Constanze Krehl was working to win a mandate on EU funds for the 2014-2020 multi-annual financial framework. She says EU funds will be completely revamped to support projects that fall in line with the EU's 2020 goals, but throws her support behind coal plants.
Regional Policy 01-03-2012

Economist: EU’s next budget asks for sacrifices

The EU's budget for the 2014-2020 period will have to change the way regional funds work, says Fabian Zuleeg of the European Policy Centre. The money that traditionally goes to poorer countries should be redirected for the time being to where it is really needed - the countries deeply hit by the economic crisis - keeping in mind the single goal of protecting the EU as a whole, he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 03-02-2012

Poto?nik: More legislative power, but no money for environment

Compared to other policy areas, environment still remains the Cinderella of the European budget, where allocations amount to just over €2 billion compared to research which gets more than €50 billion for the FP7. Negotiations on the next EU budget 2014-2020 will be crucial, said Commissioner Janez Poto?nik in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia
Euro & Finance 17-01-2012

EU ambassadors hope for 2012 annus mirabilis

If 2011 was Europe’s annus horribilis, EU ambassadors hope actions in the making will restore confidence in the 27-nation bloc, reverse the cascade of the sovereign debt crisis that has marred the EU, and ultimately turn 2012 into an annus mirabilis.  
Central Europe 06-12-2010

Polish minister: Europe is much more than just France, Germany and the UK

The EU needs more unity and less controversy and is not just about what France, Germany or the UK wants, Polish State Secretary for European Affairs Miko?aj Dowgielewicz told EURACTIV.fr in an interview. He discussed the plans of the Polish EU Presidency, which will begin in July 2011.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2010

WWF: EU’s long-term budget does not reflect 2020 goals

Tony Long, director of the WWF's European Policy Office, says the draft EU budget for 2014-2020 fails to reflect the bloc's long-term priorities on climate change, biodiversity and resource-efficiency.
Future EU 01-08-2005

Interview with Commissioner Grybauskaite on the financial perspective

Budget Commissioner Gyrbauskaite talked to EURACTIV on the failure of the 16-17 June EU Summit to reach an agreement on the financial perspective, the EU's long-term budget framework.