MFF: The proposal of Charles Michel fails to meet the challenges of the 21st century

02/15/2020

Charles Michel yesterday evening presented the draft position of European Council on the EU budget (Multi-annual Financial Framework, MFF). The EU governments are expected to adopt their position at the summit meeting at the end of next week.

Ska Keller, Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments:

"You cannot make a budget for the future with the lowest common denominator. Charles Michel's proposal is a budget of hesitation where investment and ambition is required. The EU Council President has missed the opportunity to improve the EU Commission's proposal and present a budget proposal that is fit for the Green Deal and digitisation. The EU budget needs to help tackle the many challenges that we face today, be it climate crisis, digitalisation or growing inequality, and be up to the tasks that Member States also demand of it.

“In order to stop the haggling and underbidding every seven years, we need an EU budget that stands on its own feet. For that we need own resources, starting with, for example, a plastic tax or a tax for digital companies.”

 

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