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2022/2046(INI) Upscaling the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework: a resilient EU budget fit for new challenges

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead BUDG OLBRYCHT Jan (icon: EPP EPP), MARQUES Margarida (icon: S&D S&D) HAYER Valérie (icon: Renew Renew), ANDRESEN Rasmus (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), ZĪLE Roberts (icon: ECR ECR), PAPADIMOULIS Dimitrios (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion AFCO VINCZE Loránt (icon: EPP EPP) Charles GOERENS (icon: RE RE), Victor NEGRESCU (icon: S&D S&D), Helmut SCHOLZ (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Damian BOESELAGER (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion DEVE GOERENS Charles (icon: Renew Renew) Udo BULLMANN (icon: S&D S&D), György HÖLVÉNYI (icon: PPE PPE), Beata KEMPA (icon: ECR ECR), Erik MARQUARDT (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion CULT NEGRESCU Victor (icon: S&D S&D) Laurence FARRENG (icon: RE RE), Niklas NIENASS (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Loucas FOURLAS (icon: PPE PPE), Alexis GEORGOULIS (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Andrey SLABAKOV (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion AFET GAHLER Michael (icon: EPP EPP) Corina CREȚU (icon: S&D S&D), Özlem DEMIREL (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion AGRI OLEKAS Juozas (icon: S&D S&D) Luke Ming FLANAGAN (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Charles GOERENS (icon: RE RE), Bronis ROPĖ (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Petri SARVAMAA (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion ENVI CANFIN Pascal (icon: Renew Renew) Monika BEŇOVÁ (icon: S&D S&D), Deirdre CLUNE (icon: PPE PPE), Bas EICKHOUT (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Alexandr VONDRA (icon: ECR ECR), Silvia MODIG (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL)
Committee Opinion REGI KEFALOGIANNIS Manolis (icon: EPP EPP) Martina MICHELS (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Katalin CSEH (icon: RE RE), Matteo ADINOLFI (icon: ID ID), Mónica Silvana GONZÁLEZ (icon: S&D S&D), Mikuláš PEKSA (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion ITRE BUŞOI Cristian-Silviu (icon: EPP EPP)
Committee Opinion CONT SARVAMAA Petri (icon: EPP EPP) Maria GRAPINI (icon: S&D S&D), Younous OMARJEE (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), Olivier CHASTEL (icon: RE RE)
Committee Opinion IMCO CAVAZZINI Anna (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion TRAN GARCÍA MUÑOZ Isabel (icon: S&D S&D) Angel DZHAMBAZKI (icon: ECR ECR), Dominique RIQUET (icon: RE RE), Massimiliano SALINI (icon: PPE PPE), Anna DEPARNAY-GRUNENBERG (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion EMPL PÎSLARU Dragoş (icon: Renew Renew) Terry REINTKE (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), Romana TOMC (icon: PPE PPE), Alex AGIUS SALIBA (icon: S&D S&D), Elżbieta RAFALSKA (icon: ECR ECR)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2022/12/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2022/12/15
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 366 votes to 128, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on upscaling the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework: a resilient EU budget fit for new challenges.

Since the adoption of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF) in December 2020, the political, economic and social context has changed beyond recognition, starting with the unprecedented scale and dramatic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not yet over. Moreover, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian crisis and has triggered an enormous economic and social shock of uncertain duration worldwide.

New challenges and shocks revealing shortcomings in the current MFF

Members called on the Commission to propose a revision of the current MFF focused primarily on addressing the consequences of the war against Ukraine and endowing the Union with adequate flexibility to respond to crises. The resolution stressed the shared Union goals of delivering on the European Green Deal, the digital transition and the European Pillar of Social Rights, scaling up defence cooperation and coordination, improving its strategic autonomy and energy independence and security, reducing energy poverty, improving the cost of living, ensuring global food security, and addressing the challenges caused by high inflation.

The current MFF has already been pushed to its limits less than two years after its adoption, a situation aggravated by the unforeseeable events of 2022. Parliament is very concerned that the current MFF leaves the Union ill-equipped to respond to any potential future crises and needs and to fulfil its strategic role in the international arena.

Increased financial capacity and greater democratic accountability

The Commission is called on to proceed with a legislative proposal for a comprehensive, ambitious revision of the MFF regulation and its annex as soon as possible and no later than the first quarter of 2023. The MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes or EU programmes.

Members stressed the need for an upscaled MFF to ensure a stronger and more agile EU budget which meets the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability. They request therefore, an increase in the MFF ceilings, as well as an increase in and redesign of budgetary flexibility. Parliament stressed the importance of the horizontal principles that underpin the MFF and all related EU policies, in particular with regard to delivering on the Union’s climate and biodiversity targets and promoting gender equality. The revision must keep these principles at the heart of the MFF.

Heading 1: Single Market, Innovation and Digital

Parliament called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 1 on the grounds that the margins are insufficient to accommodate the greater needs and because it opposes the use of agreed programme envelopes to finance new initiatives. It emphasised the key role that funding under Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, the Single Market Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) play in stimulating innovation, supporting businesses and driving the green and digital transitions.

It looks forward to the Commission's proposal for the new European Sovereignty Fund intended to secure the strategic autonomy of the Union and reduce dependence on non-EU countries in key sectors.

Heading 2a: Cohesion

Members called for the agreed financing under Heading 2a not to be undermined and for it to be preserved for its intended purpose. They are concerned that cohesion policy is increasingly being used to reinforce other policies and to make up for shortcomings in budgetary flexibility or crisis response mechanisms in the MFF. They are of the opinion that the existing possibility of transfers from the cohesion policy funds to other programmes of up to 5 % of the initial allocation provides for sufficient flexibility. They stressed that the MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes.

Parliament reiterated its call for an urgent increase in funding for the European Child Guarantee with a dedicated budget of at least EUR 20 billion for the period 2021-2027 and insisted on making this dedicated budget part of the revised MFF and reinforced ESF+.

Heading 2b: Resilience and Values

The report called for the budget line dedicated to the repayment of EURI borrowing costs to be removed from Heading 2b and placed outside the headings, and for those costs to be counted over and above the MFF ceilings. It regretted that the costs of EURI borrowing and the repayment of debt have been included as a budget line under Heading 2b for the 2021-2027 period, alongside flagship programmes such as Erasmus+, EU4Health, Creative Europe and Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.

Members stressed the vital importance of the EU4Health programme and of the Union education, culture, youth and values programmes in supporting the relevant sectors in the wake of the pandemic and combatting disinformation and emphasised that the European Social Fund+ is one of the key drivers for strengthening the social dimension of the Union. They also regretted that Erasmus+, as a programme with relatively stable year-on-year demand, has a heavily backloaded financial profile in the current MFF.

Heading 3: Natural Resources and Environment

Members called for the ceiling of Heading 3 to be adjusted as soon as possible to fully accommodate the Social Climate Fund (SCF), while agreed financing under Heading 3 should not be undermined and be preserved for its intended purpose.

The resolution highlighted the importance of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in providing reliable support for farmers to enhance food security. It recalled the key role played by the LIFE programme in supporting climate action, nature conservation and environmental protection.

Heading 4: Migration and Border Management

According to Members, this heading should be increased to reflect current reality and the real financing needs of the Union’s migration and border management policies and programmes. The war against Ukraine and the subsequent decision to trigger the Temporary Protection Directive will entail a longer-term financial commitment to support Member States, placing unexpected demands on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and creating additional responsibilities for the decentralised agencies in Heading 4.

Heading 5: Security and Defence

Parliament called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 5 and for a swift revision of the MFF to increase EU defence instruments such as the European Defence Fund, military mobility and future joint procurement mechanisms for EU defence, namely the European Defence Industry Reinforcement through common Procurement Act and the European Defence Investment Programme, provided that they reinforce the EU’s Defence Technological and Industrial Base and ensure European added value.

Heading 6: Neighbourhood and the World

Members called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 6 to fully cover current and projected future needs in the Union’s external action and to create sufficient capacity to respond to crises and emerging needs. They deplored that, even prior to the war against Ukraine, funds available under Heading 6 were inadequate and that pressure on this heading has since increased substantially.

Given the rapid deterioration of the international context since the beginning of the MFF, both in neighbouring countries and beyond, as a result of the food, energy, climate and economic crises, Parliament considers that enhanced crisis response is essential given the multitude of global challenges.

Pointing out that humanitarian aid under heading 6, after many reinforcements, has been stretched to its limits, Members stressed that enhanced funding for humanitarian aid (HUMA) and the rapid response pillar of NDICI-Global Europe are essential if the EU is not only to provide aid to Ukraine, but also to support communities and regions in need. Members insisted that support for other candidate countries, especially in the Western Balkans, should be maintained at its current level.

The Commission is also called on to ensure the Union lives up to its international climate commitments and in particular to provide funding to international climate finance and the relevant programmes under NDICI-Global Europe.

Adoption of the MFF

Members underlined that the unanimity requirement for adoption of the MFF Regulation impedes the necessary decisions in the revision process. They consider that the ordinary legislative procedure should apply to the adoption of the MFF Regulation and to the Own Resources Decision so that Parliament acquires the full budgetary prerogatives enjoyed by national parliaments. Parliament called on the European Council to activate the passerelle clause set out in Article 312(2) TFEU to expedite decision-making .

Lastly, Parliament reaffirmed its long-standing position that own resources reform is needed to better align the revenue side of the EU budget with the broader strategic priorities of the Union. It therefore expects the basket of new own resources not only to secure additional income flows, but also to help address pressing policy issues in an economic environment marked by inflation and high energy prices.

Documents
2022/12/14
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2022/11/22
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Budgets adopted the own-initiative report by Jan OLBRYCHT (EPP, PL) and Margarida MARQUES (S&D, PT) on upscaling the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework: a resilient EU budget fit for new challenges.

Since the adoption of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF) in December 2020, the political, economic and social context has changed beyond recognition, starting with the unprecedented scale and dramatic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not yet over. Moreover, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian crisis and has triggered an enormous economic and social shock of uncertain duration worldwide.

According to the Commission, the unforeseen needs created by war in Europe are well beyond the means available in the current multiannual financial framework, necessitating new financing sources.

New challenges and shocks revealing shortcomings in the current MFF

Members called on the Commission to propose a revision of the current MFF focused primarily on addressing the consequences of the war against Ukraine and endowing the Union with adequate flexibility to respond to crises. The report stressed the shared Union goals of delivering on the European Green Deal, the digital transition and the European Pillar of Social Rights, scaling up defence cooperation and coordination, improving its strategic autonomy and energy independence and security, reducing energy poverty, improving the cost of living, ensuring global food security, and addressing the challenges caused by high inflation.

Increased financial capacity and greater democratic accountability

The Commission is called on to proceed with a legislative proposal for a comprehensive, ambitious revision of the MFF regulation and its annex as soon as possible and no later than the first quarter of 2023. Members stressed the need for an upscaled MFF to ensure a stronger and more agile EU budget which meets the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability . They request therefore, an increase in the MFF ceilings , as well as an increase in and redesign of budgetary flexibility.

Heading 1: Single Market, Innovation and Digital

Members called or an increase in the ceiling of Heading 1 on the grounds that the margins are insufficient to accommodate the greater needs and because it opposes the use of agreed programme envelopes to finance new initiatives. They emphasised the key role that funding under Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, the Single Market Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) play in stimulating innovation, supporting businesses and driving the green and digital transitions.

They look forward to the Commission's proposal for the new European Sovereignty Fund intended to secure the strategic autonomy of the Union and reduce dependence on non-EU countries in key sectors.

Heading 2a: Cohesion

Members are concerned that cohesion policy is increasingly being used to reinforce other policies and to make up for shortcomings in budgetary flexibility or crisis response mechanisms in the MFF. They consider that the existing possibility of transfers from the cohesion policy funds to other programmes of up to 5 % of the initial allocation provides for sufficient flexibility.

It is stressed that the MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes.

Heading 2b: Resilience and Values

The committee called for the budget line dedicated to the repayment of EURI borrowing costs to be removed from Heading 2b and placed outside the headings, and for those costs to be counted over and above the MFF ceilings. It regretted that the costs of EURI borrowing and the repayment of debt have been included as a budget line under Heading 2b for the 2021-2027 period, alongside flagship programmes such as Erasmus+, EU4Health, Creative Europe and Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.

Members stressed the vital importance of the EU4Health programme and of the Union education, culture, youth and values programmes in supporting the relevant sectors in the wake of the pandemic and combatting disinformation and emphasised that the European Social Fund+ is one of the key drivers for strengthening the social dimension of the Union. They also regretted that Erasmus+, as a programme with relatively stable year-on-year demand, has a heavily backloaded financial profile in the current MFF.

Heading 3: Natural Resources and Environment

Members called for the ceiling of Heading 3 to be adjusted as soon as possible to fully accommodate the Social Climate Fund (SCF), while agreed financing under Heading 3 should not be undermined and be preserved for its intended purpose.

Heading 4: Migration and Border Management

According to Members, this heading should be increased to reflect current reality and the real financing needs of the Union’s migration and border management policies and programmes. The war against Ukraine and the subsequent decision to trigger the Temporary Protection Directive will entail a longer-term financial commitment to support Member States, placing unexpected demands on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and creating additional responsibilities for the decentralised agencies in Heading 4.

Heading 5: Security and Defence

There is a call an increase in the ceiling of this heading to enhance defence cooperation and investment. The need for investment is essential to strengthen security policy and finance technological innovation in a constantly evolving security landscape.

Heading 6: Neighbourhood and the World

Members called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 6 to fully cover current and projected future needs in the Union’s external action and to create sufficient capacity to respond to crises and emerging needs. They deplored that, even prior to the war against Ukraine, funds available under Heading 6 were inadequate and that pressure on this heading has since increased substantially.

The committee underlined the importance of providing further support to Ukraine through MFA and highlighted that a far higher rate of provisioning than the standard 9 % is required for loans to Ukraine owing to the increased risk of default.

The Commission is also called on to ensure the Union lives up to its international climate commitments and in particular to provide funding to international climate finance and the relevant programmes under NDICI-Global Europe.

Adoption of the MFF

Members underlined that the unanimity requirement for adoption of the MFF Regulation impedes the necessary decisions in the revision process. They consider that the ordinary legislative procedure should apply to the adoption of the MFF Regulation and to the Own Resources Decision so that Parliament acquires the full budgetary prerogatives enjoyed by national parliaments.

Lastly, Parliament called on the European Council to activate it to expedite decision-making .

Documents
2022/11/17
   EP - Vote in committee
2022/10/26
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/10/21
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2022/10/14
   EP - Specific opinion
Documents
2022/10/14
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2022/10/14
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2022/10/13
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/10/11
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/10/10
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/10/07
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/10/04
   EP - Specific opinion
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2022/10/04
   EP - Committee opinion
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2022/09/26
   EP - Specific opinion
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2022/09/16
   EP - Committee draft report
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2022/09/13
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2022/06/20
   EP - VINCZE Loránt (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in AFCO
2022/06/16
   EP - CAVAZZINI Anna (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2022/06/13
   EP - CANFIN Pascal (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in ENVI
2022/06/09
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2022/06/09
   EP - SARVAMAA Petri (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in CONT
2022/06/07
   EP - GOERENS Charles (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in DEVE
2022/06/07
   EP - OLEKAS Juozas (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in AGRI
2022/06/01
   EP - NEGRESCU Victor (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in CULT
2022/05/30
   EP - GARCÍA MUÑOZ Isabel (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in TRAN
2022/05/19
   EP - PÎSLARU Dragoş (Renew) appointed as rapporteur in EMPL
2022/05/17
   EP - BUŞOI Cristian-Silviu (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2022/05/11
   EP - GAHLER Michael (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2022/05/10
   EP - KEFALOGIANNIS Manolis (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in REGI
2022/04/19
   EP - OLBRYCHT Jan (EPP) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2022/04/19
   EP - MARQUES Margarida (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG

Documents

Activities

AmendmentsDossier
710 2022/2046(INI)
2022/07/07 TRAN 55 amendments...
source: 734.427
2022/07/22 AGRI 59 amendments...
source: 734.430
2022/07/25 AFET 53 amendments...
source: 735.574
2022/07/27 REGI 39 amendments...
source: 735.435
2022/09/05 CULT 57 amendments...
source: 735.812
2022/09/06 CONT 20 amendments...
source: 736.356
2022/09/08 DEVE 48 amendments...
source: 736.358
2022/09/28 EMPL, BUDG 58 amendments...
source: 736.508
2022/10/12 DEVE 9 amendments...
source: 737.244
2022/10/14 BUDG 312 amendments...
source: 737.331

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 366 votes to 128, with 55 abstentions, a resolution on upscaling the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework: a resilient EU budget fit for new challenges.
  • Since the adoption of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF) in December 2020, the political, economic and social context has changed beyond recognition, starting with the unprecedented scale and dramatic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not yet over. Moreover, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian crisis and has triggered an enormous economic and social shock of uncertain duration worldwide.
  • New challenges and shocks revealing shortcomings in the current MFF
  • Members called on the Commission to propose a revision of the current MFF focused primarily on addressing the consequences of the war against Ukraine and endowing the Union with adequate flexibility to respond to crises. The resolution stressed the shared Union goals of delivering on the European Green Deal, the digital transition and the European Pillar of Social Rights, scaling up defence cooperation and coordination, improving its strategic autonomy and energy independence and security, reducing energy poverty, improving the cost of living, ensuring global food security, and addressing the challenges caused by high inflation.
  • The current MFF has already been pushed to its limits less than two years after its adoption, a situation aggravated by the unforeseeable events of 2022. Parliament is very concerned that the current MFF leaves the Union ill-equipped to respond to any potential future crises and needs and to fulfil its strategic role in the international arena.
  • Increased financial capacity and greater democratic accountability
  • The Commission is called on to proceed with a legislative proposal for a comprehensive, ambitious revision of the MFF regulation and its annex as soon as possible and no later than the first quarter of 2023. The MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes or EU programmes.
  • Members stressed the need for an upscaled MFF to ensure a stronger and more agile EU budget which meets the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability. They request therefore, an increase in the MFF ceilings, as well as an increase in and redesign of budgetary flexibility. Parliament stressed the importance of the horizontal principles that underpin the MFF and all related EU policies, in particular with regard to delivering on the Union’s climate and biodiversity targets and promoting gender equality. The revision must keep these principles at the heart of the MFF.
  • Heading 1: Single Market, Innovation and Digital
  • Parliament called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 1 on the grounds that the margins are insufficient to accommodate the greater needs and because it opposes the use of agreed programme envelopes to finance new initiatives. It emphasised the key role that funding under Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, the Single Market Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) play in stimulating innovation, supporting businesses and driving the green and digital transitions.
  • It looks forward to the Commission's proposal for the new European Sovereignty Fund intended to secure the strategic autonomy of the Union and reduce dependence on non-EU countries in key sectors.
  • Heading 2a: Cohesion
  • Members called for the agreed financing under Heading 2a not to be undermined and for it to be preserved for its intended purpose. They are concerned that cohesion policy is increasingly being used to reinforce other policies and to make up for shortcomings in budgetary flexibility or crisis response mechanisms in the MFF. They are of the opinion that the existing possibility of transfers from the cohesion policy funds to other programmes of up to 5 % of the initial allocation provides for sufficient flexibility. They stressed that the MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes.
  • Parliament reiterated its call for an urgent increase in funding for the European Child Guarantee with a dedicated budget of at least EUR 20 billion for the period 2021-2027 and insisted on making this dedicated budget part of the revised MFF and reinforced ESF+.
  • Heading 2b: Resilience and Values
  • The report called for the budget line dedicated to the repayment of EURI borrowing costs to be removed from Heading 2b and placed outside the headings, and for those costs to be counted over and above the MFF ceilings. It regretted that the costs of EURI borrowing and the repayment of debt have been included as a budget line under Heading 2b for the 2021-2027 period, alongside flagship programmes such as Erasmus+, EU4Health, Creative Europe and Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.
  • Members stressed the vital importance of the EU4Health programme and of the Union education, culture, youth and values programmes in supporting the relevant sectors in the wake of the pandemic and combatting disinformation and emphasised that the European Social Fund+ is one of the key drivers for strengthening the social dimension of the Union. They also regretted that Erasmus+, as a programme with relatively stable year-on-year demand, has a heavily backloaded financial profile in the current MFF.
  • Heading 3: Natural Resources and Environment
  • Members called for the ceiling of Heading 3 to be adjusted as soon as possible to fully accommodate the Social Climate Fund (SCF), while agreed financing under Heading 3 should not be undermined and be preserved for its intended purpose.
  • The resolution highlighted the importance of the common agricultural policy (CAP) in providing reliable support for farmers to enhance food security. It recalled the key role played by the LIFE programme in supporting climate action, nature conservation and environmental protection.
  • Heading 4: Migration and Border Management
  • According to Members, this heading should be increased to reflect current reality and the real financing needs of the Union’s migration and border management policies and programmes. The war against Ukraine and the subsequent decision to trigger the Temporary Protection Directive will entail a longer-term financial commitment to support Member States, placing unexpected demands on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and creating additional responsibilities for the decentralised agencies in Heading 4.
  • Heading 5: Security and Defence
  • Parliament called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 5 and for a swift revision of the MFF to increase EU defence instruments such as the European Defence Fund, military mobility and future joint procurement mechanisms for EU defence, namely the European Defence Industry Reinforcement through common Procurement Act and the European Defence Investment Programme, provided that they reinforce the EU’s Defence Technological and Industrial Base and ensure European added value.
  • Heading 6: Neighbourhood and the World
  • Members called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 6 to fully cover current and projected future needs in the Union’s external action and to create sufficient capacity to respond to crises and emerging needs. They deplored that, even prior to the war against Ukraine, funds available under Heading 6 were inadequate and that pressure on this heading has since increased substantially.
  • Given the rapid deterioration of the international context since the beginning of the MFF, both in neighbouring countries and beyond, as a result of the food, energy, climate and economic crises, Parliament considers that enhanced crisis response is essential given the multitude of global challenges.
  • Pointing out that humanitarian aid under heading 6, after many reinforcements, has been stretched to its limits, Members stressed that enhanced funding for humanitarian aid (HUMA) and the rapid response pillar of NDICI-Global Europe are essential if the EU is not only to provide aid to Ukraine, but also to support communities and regions in need. Members insisted that support for other candidate countries, especially in the Western Balkans, should be maintained at its current level.
  • The Commission is also called on to ensure the Union lives up to its international climate commitments and in particular to provide funding to international climate finance and the relevant programmes under NDICI-Global Europe.
  • Adoption of the MFF
  • Members underlined that the unanimity requirement for adoption of the MFF Regulation impedes the necessary decisions in the revision process. They consider that the ordinary legislative procedure should apply to the adoption of the MFF Regulation and to the Own Resources Decision so that Parliament acquires the full budgetary prerogatives enjoyed by national parliaments. Parliament called on the European Council to activate the passerelle clause set out in Article 312(2) TFEU to expedite decision-making .
  • Lastly, Parliament reaffirmed its long-standing position that own resources reform is needed to better align the revenue side of the EU budget with the broader strategic priorities of the Union. It therefore expects the basket of new own resources not only to secure additional income flows, but also to help address pressing policy issues in an economic environment marked by inflation and high energy prices.
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  • The Committee on Budgets adopted the own-initiative report by Jan OLBRYCHT (EPP, PL) and Margarida MARQUES (S&D, PT) on upscaling the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework: a resilient EU budget fit for new challenges.
  • Since the adoption of the current multiannual financial framework (MFF) in December 2020, the political, economic and social context has changed beyond recognition, starting with the unprecedented scale and dramatic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not yet over. Moreover, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian crisis and has triggered an enormous economic and social shock of uncertain duration worldwide.
  • According to the Commission, the unforeseen needs created by war in Europe are well beyond the means available in the current multiannual financial framework, necessitating new financing sources.
  • New challenges and shocks revealing shortcomings in the current MFF
  • Members called on the Commission to propose a revision of the current MFF focused primarily on addressing the consequences of the war against Ukraine and endowing the Union with adequate flexibility to respond to crises. The report stressed the shared Union goals of delivering on the European Green Deal, the digital transition and the European Pillar of Social Rights, scaling up defence cooperation and coordination, improving its strategic autonomy and energy independence and security, reducing energy poverty, improving the cost of living, ensuring global food security, and addressing the challenges caused by high inflation.
  • Increased financial capacity and greater democratic accountability
  • The Commission is called on to proceed with a legislative proposal for a comprehensive, ambitious revision of the MFF regulation and its annex as soon as possible and no later than the first quarter of 2023. Members stressed the need for an upscaled MFF to ensure a stronger and more agile EU budget which meets the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability . They request therefore, an increase in the MFF ceilings , as well as an increase in and redesign of budgetary flexibility.
  • Heading 1: Single Market, Innovation and Digital
  • Members called or an increase in the ceiling of Heading 1 on the grounds that the margins are insufficient to accommodate the greater needs and because it opposes the use of agreed programme envelopes to finance new initiatives. They emphasised the key role that funding under Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, the Single Market Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) play in stimulating innovation, supporting businesses and driving the green and digital transitions.
  • They look forward to the Commission's proposal for the new European Sovereignty Fund intended to secure the strategic autonomy of the Union and reduce dependence on non-EU countries in key sectors.
  • Heading 2a: Cohesion
  • Members are concerned that cohesion policy is increasingly being used to reinforce other policies and to make up for shortcomings in budgetary flexibility or crisis response mechanisms in the MFF. They consider that the existing possibility of transfers from the cohesion policy funds to other programmes of up to 5 % of the initial allocation provides for sufficient flexibility.
  • It is stressed that the MFF revision must not lead to any downwards revision of the pre-allocated national envelopes.
  • Heading 2b: Resilience and Values
  • The committee called for the budget line dedicated to the repayment of EURI borrowing costs to be removed from Heading 2b and placed outside the headings, and for those costs to be counted over and above the MFF ceilings. It regretted that the costs of EURI borrowing and the repayment of debt have been included as a budget line under Heading 2b for the 2021-2027 period, alongside flagship programmes such as Erasmus+, EU4Health, Creative Europe and Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.
  • Members stressed the vital importance of the EU4Health programme and of the Union education, culture, youth and values programmes in supporting the relevant sectors in the wake of the pandemic and combatting disinformation and emphasised that the European Social Fund+ is one of the key drivers for strengthening the social dimension of the Union. They also regretted that Erasmus+, as a programme with relatively stable year-on-year demand, has a heavily backloaded financial profile in the current MFF.
  • Heading 3: Natural Resources and Environment
  • Members called for the ceiling of Heading 3 to be adjusted as soon as possible to fully accommodate the Social Climate Fund (SCF), while agreed financing under Heading 3 should not be undermined and be preserved for its intended purpose.
  • Heading 4: Migration and Border Management
  • According to Members, this heading should be increased to reflect current reality and the real financing needs of the Union’s migration and border management policies and programmes. The war against Ukraine and the subsequent decision to trigger the Temporary Protection Directive will entail a longer-term financial commitment to support Member States, placing unexpected demands on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Border Management and Visa Instrument (BMVI) and creating additional responsibilities for the decentralised agencies in Heading 4.
  • Heading 5: Security and Defence
  • There is a call an increase in the ceiling of this heading to enhance defence cooperation and investment. The need for investment is essential to strengthen security policy and finance technological innovation in a constantly evolving security landscape.
  • Heading 6: Neighbourhood and the World
  • Members called for an increase in the ceiling of Heading 6 to fully cover current and projected future needs in the Union’s external action and to create sufficient capacity to respond to crises and emerging needs. They deplored that, even prior to the war against Ukraine, funds available under Heading 6 were inadequate and that pressure on this heading has since increased substantially.
  • The committee underlined the importance of providing further support to Ukraine through MFA and highlighted that a far higher rate of provisioning than the standard 9 % is required for loans to Ukraine owing to the increased risk of default.
  • The Commission is also called on to ensure the Union lives up to its international climate commitments and in particular to provide funding to international climate finance and the relevant programmes under NDICI-Global Europe.
  • Adoption of the MFF
  • Members underlined that the unanimity requirement for adoption of the MFF Regulation impedes the necessary decisions in the revision process. They consider that the ordinary legislative procedure should apply to the adoption of the MFF Regulation and to the Own Resources Decision so that Parliament acquires the full budgetary prerogatives enjoyed by national parliaments.
  • Lastly, Parliament called on the European Council to activate it to expedite decision-making .
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