12 February 2020 | Multiannual Financial Framework: Not the lowest common denominator, but real ambitions for Europe!
When we talk about the future budget of the EU, we are talking about the future of Europe itself. In the last European elections, the voters gave tasks that we now want to fulfill.
When the European Council decides on new missions for the EU, the Member States need to provide the means for their realization to succeed. It is precisely in the light of these new tasks that the current discussion on net contributors does not prove to be helpful! If we set up effective border protection in Europe, establish a Marshall Plan for Africa, take up the fight against cancer ambitiously, then we as Europeans will all benefit.
In addition, it is important that we do not lose sight of existing programmes, such as agricultural and regional aid. The EU needs to continue to support family farms. The same applies to regional aid: Strong regions are key to Europe continuing to grow together successfully. The same applies to Erasmus and the education and training of young people. These issues must not be forgotten.
The coming Multiannual Financial Framework must strengthen Europe in an increasingly turbulent world. The EU cannot comply with every individual demand but instead has to concentrate on the essentials. In order to do so, the EU needs sufficient financial resources.