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Consultation open on the EU budget after 2020

  • environment
  • knowledge society
  • mobility

The Commission launched a series of public consultations on the priorities of the EU that should be reflected in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2028. The consultations are open until 8 March 2018. We will be answering to those consultations which are relevant to local authorities, trough relevant forums and working groups.

The MFF lays down the maximum annual amounts which the EU may spend each year in different policy fields over a period of 7 years. The current MFF covers the period 2014 to 2020. Each annual budget and funding programme must comply with this framework.
The open consultations touch six of the eight overall areas of spending of the EU budget:
  1. Cohesion, which includes the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the fund for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI);
  2. Migration including the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), ERDF and ESF;
  3. Investments, research and innovation, SMEs and Single Market, which includes programme such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI, Investment Plan for Europe), Horizon 2020, European Structural and Investment funds and COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises);
  4. Strategic infrastructure (transport, energy, digital, space), which includes the future of the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF);
  5. European values and mobility which includes the funding programme Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, Creative Europe, Rights, Equality and Citizenship and Europe for Citizens;
  6. Security, defence and crisis/emergency response including the Internal Security and the European Defence Fund.
Two previously opened consultation were looking at the future of the two spending areas:
  • Natural resources, including the future of the Common Agriculture Policy CAP and LIFE+;
  • External policy including the Partnership Instrument (PI) and the European Development Fund (EDF).
A first proposal of the budgetary plans of the Commission will be presented in May 2018, after which a period of negotiations will take place. The next MFF will face the challenge of ‘doing more with less’, given the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU, a net contributor to the EU budget.
For more information:
  • Website of the consultation (available in 24 EU languages).
  • More info on the MFF budget and the open consultations.
  • Results of the conference 'Institutional priorities for 2018 and future of EU Budget'.
EUROCITIES contacts: Dorthe Nielsen, policy director and Anja De Cunto, funding and financing coordinator

EUROCITIES staff contact

Dorthe NielsenPolicy director

EUROCITIES staff contact

Anja Katalin De Cunto