Budget for growth, jobs and security

EC presents the last one under the current 2014-2020 framework

Commissioner Guenther Oettinger

The Commission presented last Wednesday its proposal for the 2020 budget, which is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget framework, the EU press service reported. It operates within the limitations set therein and is designed to optimise funding for existing programmes and to boost the European added value in line with the Juncker Commission's priorities.

“The draft 2020 EU budget is the last budget proposal of the Juncker Commission. It seeks to continue supporting EU's priorities - jobs, growth, young people, climate change, security and solidarity - and to prepare the transition to the next budgetary cycle. I invite the Council and the new Parliament to come to a timely agreement that would provide stability for the EU's future,” Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.

Under the Commission's proposal, the money in the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people, strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, and climate change and beyond, with 21% of the overall proposed budget for 2020 going to tackling climate change. This aligns with the ambitious target of spending 20% of EU's current long-term budget on activities that address climate change.

According to the Commission, investing in a competitive economy and young people is very important, as more than €83bn in commitments are aimed at boosting economic growth and supporting European regions and young people.

Over €13.2bn are aimed at research and innovation across Europe under Horizon 2020, the biggest and final tranche of the EU research and innovation programme (+6.4% compared to 2019), including the final pilot phase of the European Innovation Council to support top-class innovators, small companies and scientists with the potential to scale up rapidly in Europe and globally, while another €2.8bn are set for education under Erasmus+.

Under the proposed plans, €255m of them will go for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) to give further incentives to European companies to work together to develop defence products and technology. The EDIDP allows defence cooperation at EU level to be tested under this budget period until a fully-fledged European Defence Fund is in place as of 2021. Another €117m will support the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) aimed at helping young people living in regions where youth unemployment is high.

€1.2bn (+75% compared to 2019) for Europe's own global satellite navigation system, Galileo, will enable it to continue expanding its market uptake from the current 700 million users around the world, to reach 1.2 billion by the end of 2020.

As far as security is concerned, and having in mind that many of Europe's challenges know no borders, over €420m (+34.6% compared to 2019) are set for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) following the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council in March 2019 to set up a standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2027.

Another €156m go for the new rescEU programme (an upgrade of the existing Civil Protection Mechanism) to better respond to earthquakes, wildfires and other disasters. This will help to build up a reserve of response capacities at EU level, for example forest fighting planes and helicopters, as well as emergency medical capacities.

Over €560m will be aimed at people in need inside Syria as well as refugees and their host communities in the region. This is the budgetary response to a pledge made at the Brussels III Conference on the future of Syria in 2019 (the EU budget for 2019 already foresees funding for Syria of €2.01bn).

The 2020 budget also bets on continued support for the development of the Entry-Exit System, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, the upgraded Schengen Information System and the European Fund for Sustainable Development, with the overall objective of making EU information systems more interoperable to keep EU citizens safe.

Making sure that every euro from the EU budget creates an added value for the EU citizens is a key priority for the Commission. This is also a key objective of the Commission proposal for EU's next long-term budget for the period 2021-2027. Together with the draft budget, the Commission published a performance overview for each of the programmes financed by the EU budget. It shows that the EU budget is delivering concrete results for the people in the EU and beyond.

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