The EU’s budget for 2020 should include more climate action funding and higher investment in sustainable technologies, according to Monika Hohlmeier, Parliament’s budget negotiator.
Highlights of the October I plenary session included statements and debates on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019, on greening the European Investment Bank (EIB), in the presence of the Bank’s president, and on how to prevent conflicts of interest in the EU. Parliament also debated statements made by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) on the situation in northern Syria and Ukraine. Debates took place on Council and Commission statements on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and own resources. Finally, Members discussed Commission statements on United States tariffs on European goods following the World Trade Organization’s Airbus dispute decision, on authorisation of genetically modified organisms, and on the fight against cancer.
Natura 2000 is a transnational network of sites for threatened species and habitats which covers almost a fifth of the EU’s landmass and seas. At such scale, it needs to be managed at national level. Large integrated projects from LIFE are powerful tools to deliver the necessary funding and coordination.
Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.
The EPP Group wants the next long-term EU Budget to be at 1.3 percent of the EU’s economic performance and calls for new ‘own resources’, which are new direct revenues for the EU Budget which do not come from EU Member States’ budgets.
In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs warn of a “clear risk” that the 2021-2027 EU investment plan will not be successfully agreed in time with Council.
Yesterday at the plenary debate on the upcoming European Council on the 17th and 18th of October, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament addressed the main priorities for the S&D Group.
The summary of the hearing is now available.
The European Commission should create a plan B to protect the recipients of EU funding, if talks on the EU’s long-term budget are further delayed, according to Parliament negotiators. On Thursday 10 October, MEPs will vote on a new resolution on the EU’s next long-term budget for 2021-2027, calling on the Council to agree on its position so that a deal can be reached in a timely manner. The Parliament has been ready to negotiate since November 2018, when it adopted its position, including concrete figures for programmes and proposals to overhaul the EU’s own resources system.
On Thursday 10 October 2019, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the usefulness of the European Environmental Economic Accounts (EEEAs).