In a communication published on Thursday, the Commission examines what has been achieved to date and identifies the main open issues that need to be addressed, alerting to the impacts that the lack of agreement on the EU budget for the period 2021-2027 can have in specific sectors.
"Thanks to the good work carried out in three consecutive Council Presidencies, we have already reached a partial agreement on 12 sectoral dossiers, while negotiations can start on a further 16. More importantly, agreement on the overall framework is needed. And we have to reach it as soon as possible on behalf of our students, farmers and researchers, among many others who have the EU budget, "said the budget commissioner Günther Oettinger.
Brussels recalled that the current EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 was adopted six months late, with negative consequences "for many citizens" and Member States.
In order to avoid a similar situation, the Community executive today asked the European Council to draw up a roadmap for reaching an agreement on the EU budget in the long term in the autumn and to move the work forward as a matter of priority.
"It's time to move faster […]. Reaching agreement on our future budget is not a mere calculation exercise, but it is about matching the appropriate budgetary means with our ambitions and priorities. The challenge is high, but with courage and political will, it is possible to reach agreement in the autumn, "said the president of the executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, quoted in a statement.
In May and June 2018, the Commission presented a proposal for a new long-term budget geared to EU priorities, including legislative proposals for the 37 sectoral programs.
Today, Brussels insisted that the European Council of 20 and 21 should launch a new phase of political negotiations, with an increasing emphasis on financial and other strategic issues, to ensure that agreement can be reached in good time and that new programs are operational as of January 1, 2021.