Draft EU Budget 2017: Commission proposes a budget focused on priorities – growth, jobs and a solid response to the refugee crisis

The Commission has today proposed the 2017 draft EU Budget focusing on the two main policy priorities for Europe: supporting the ongoing recovery of the European economy and addressing the security and humanitarian challenges in our neighbourhood. Increased funding will go to investments in growth, jobs and competitiveness in the European Union and to secure the necessary resources to protect the external borders of the EU, to reinforce security inside and outside the Union, to provide support for the reception and integration of refugees, and to address the root causes in the countries of origin and transit. At 13:00 Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva will be in the European Parliament to present the Draft EU Budget 2017 in detail. The session will be broadcast live here. A press point will follow at 14:00, next to room PHS 3C50 in the European Parliament in Brussels. It will also be broadcast live on EbS. A press release in all languages and a MEMO will be made available at 13:00