COLLEGE MEETING: 2019 EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security
The Commission today proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU’s borders.
This budget is the sixth one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget and operates within the limitations set therein. It is designed to optimise funding for existing programmes as well as new initiatives and to boost European added value in line with the Juncker Commission’s priorities. Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, in charge of Budget and Human Resources, said: “We are proposing an ambitious budget that continues to support our priorities, in particular on investment, jobs, youth, migration, solidarity and security, and that delivers European added value for our citizens. We need stability for the EU and I look forward to reaching an agreement with Parliament and Council as soon as possible.” The proposal is based on the premise that the United Kingdom, following its withdrawal as of 30 March 2019, will continue to contribute to and participate in the implementation of EU budgets until the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State. The European Parliament and the European Union Member States will now jointly discuss this proposal. Earlier this month, the Commission put forward its proposal for a pragmatic and modern long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period. A press release in all languages, but also a memo and a fact sheet in EN, DE, FR are available online.