Agenda: General Affairs Council (28 January 2020)

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Briefing: The 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework in figures

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Agenda: EP CONT Committee Meeting (28 January 2020)

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Press Release: Green future: Europe has to show the way and lead by example

The fight against climate change was high on the agenda of the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which hosted a debate on COP25 and the European Green Deal.

Agenda: EP EMPL Committee Meeting (28 January 2020)

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Agenda: Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting (30 January 2020)

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Briefing: EU Own Resources

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In-Depth Analysis: Economic Dialogue with the Commission on the 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans

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In-Depth Analysis: How flexible is the EU budget? Flexibility instruments and mechanisms in the multiannual financial framework (MFF)

The 1988 introduction of multiannual financial frameworks (MFF) in the European Union (EU) budgetary system has improved financial predictability and facilitated the development of multiannual spending programmes, but has had to be balanced by measures that provided some flexibility and ability to react to unexpected situations. Over the years, these flexibility instruments and mechanisms have developed and proved to be useful. Occasions to use them were frequent, as the crises and challenges faced by the EU required actions that could not be financed under the tight expenditure ceilings of the agreed MFFs. Experience of implementation of the 2014-2020 MFF demonstrated that, with neither relevant flexibility mechanisms nor the possibility to revise the MFF in the mid-term, achieving policy goals and reacting adequately to unexpected events and crises, especially in the area of migration and security, would be impossible. The flexibility of the EU budgets has already featured as an important issue in the negotiations of the 2021 2027 MFF. The views of the main actors – the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council – on enhancing and designing such flexibility instruments diverge. It has yet to be seen if the issue, following the pattern of the 2014-2020 MFF negotiations, will play a key role in reaching an agreement.

Press Release: Show us the money for new policy proposals, MEPs tell budget commissioner

The European Commission needs to clarify how it plans to fund new policy proposals for the EU’s budget for 2021-2027, said the budget committee.

During a debate with budget commissioner Johannes Hahn on 22 January, members of the Parliament’s negotiating team for the EU’s next long-term budget expressed concern that the Commission’s budget proposal for how the EU should be spent its money the next seven years no longer adds up.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s Programme (22 January 2020)

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Question for Written Answer: Bark beetles

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views with Ms Marija Vučković, Croatian Minister of Agriculture (21 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Structured dialogue with Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice (21 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP BUDG Committee – European Semester for economic policy coordination: Annual Growth Survey 2020 (22 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Presentation of the Presidency work programme (21 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of Views with Croatian Minister of Environment and Energy (21 January 2020)

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Press Release: If the EU Council is not open to negotiations, people and regions risk losing money, say S&Ds

MEPs in the Committee on Regional Development have decided to freeze all political talks relating to the next EU 7-year budget (MFF) in reaction to the Council’s lack of flexibility in negotiations. This comes as confirmation that important programmes and dossiers continue to be a priority for the Socialists and Democrats and that any attempt to reduce funding will be met with a firm stance from the Group.

Question for Written Answer: Own resources of the European Union

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Speech by President Charles Michel after his meeting with the Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (22 January 2020)

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Agenda: Friends of the Presidency Group – Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) (29 January 2020)

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Agenda: Budget Committee (21 January 2020)

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Working Document: EP CONT Committee on Implementation of the 2014 staff reform package at the Commission – Big savings but not without consequences for staff

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