Ahead of a special European Council summit on 20 February, the EP’s negotiating team expresses its opposition to President Michel’s proposal for the next long-term budget in a press release: “Despite welcoming the contact we have had with Charles Michel over the past few weeks, his proposal for the next MFF falls well below the European Parliament’s expectations and those of the citizens. (...) Where we would expect significant investment to deliver the Green Deal, the digital transition and a stronger Europe, President Michel confirms or deepens the cuts to funding for agriculture, cohesion, research, infrastructure investments, digitalisation, SMEs, Erasmus, youth employment, migration, defence and many other areas. (...) The negotiating team therefore opposes this proposal and expects the European Council not to adopt conclusions on this basis."
The European Parliament's MFF/Own Resources negotiating team:
Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, BE), Chair of the Committee on Budgets
Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL), MFF co-rapporteur
Margarida Marques (S&D, PT), MFF co-rapporteur
José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), Own Resources co-rapporteur
Valérie Hayer (RENEW, FR), Own Resources co-rapporteur
Rasmus Andresen (Greens/EFA, DE)