The EU’s long-term budget framework [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,




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Since May 2018, European Union governments and the European Parliament are negotiating the next long-term budget for the bloc, the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, in a bid to secure sufficient resourses for new priorities such as security, defence and migrationm and to respond in a realistic way to the financial consequences of the the UK withdrwal from the EU. In November 2018, the Parliament approved its negotiating position, seeking, among other proposals, more funds for youth, research, growth and jobs, as well as security, migration and tackling climate change. Conditions proposed by the European Commission that would make the availability of EU funds dependent on the respect for the rule of law and EU values are also being discussed.




This note offers links to a selection of recent commentaries, studies and reports from some of the major international think tanks and research institutes, which discuss the EU’s long-term budget and related reforms.  More reports on the topics are available on a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’, published in June 2018.




The MFF: Europe’s other ticking clock
European Policy Centre, January 2019




EU budget implications of a no-deal Brexit
Bruegel, January 2019




Reforming the MFF and cohesion policy 2021-27: Pragmatic drift or pragmatic shift?
European Policies Research Centre, January 2019




Financing EU external action: Understanding member state priorities
European Think Tanks Group, December 2018




Budget européen 2021-2027: Doter l’Europe des moyens de nos ambitions
Terra Nova, November 2018




Funding the just transition to a net zero economy in Europe: Opportunities in the next EU budget
E3G, November 2018




Can the V4’s priorities shape ‘Europe’s Priorities’? The multiannual financial framework 2021-2027
EUROPEUM, November 2018




Die Finanzierung der EU nach 2020: Zeit für Reformen
Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln, October 2018




Strengthening cohesion in the EU: How can structural reforms contribute?
European Policy Centre, October 2018




Negotiating the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework in an electoral year: Which consequences?
Notre Europe, Jacques Delors Institute, September 2018




Aiming high or falling short? A brief analysis of the proposed future EU budget for external action
European Centre for Development Policy Management, September 2018




More money, fewer problems? How the ‘Migration Crisis’ affected funding under the MFF
Jacques Delors Institute, Berlin September 2018




Resources for a prosperous Europe: Redesigning the EU budget in a progressive way
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, September 2018




The EU’s multiannual financial framework and some implications for CESEE countries
Bruegel, September 2018




The EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework: Where should Italy stand?
Instituto Affari Internazionali, September 2018




The EU Budget and Common Agricultural Policy beyond 2020: Seven more years of money for nothing?
Bertelsmann Stiftung, August 2018




ESM reform: No need to reinvent the wheel
Jacques Delors Institute, Berlin August 2018




Making better use of public funding: The role of national promotional banks and institutions in the next EU budget
Notre Europe, Jacques Delors Institute, August 2018




Winners or losers? The Baltic States in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations
International Centre for Defence and Security, July 2018




EU reform: Does everything have to change for things to remain the same?
Carnegie Europe, July 2018




Le Fonds européen de défense ou l’enfant prodige de la défense européenne
Confrontations Europe, July 2018




Budget de l’Union européenne: Quel compromis possible entre la France et l’Allemagne?
Fondation Robert Schuman, June 2018




Financing sustainability: Triggering investments for the clean economy
European Political Strategy Centre, June 2018




Die EU auf dem Weg in eine Transferunion? Ein Beitrag zur Entdramatisierung
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2018




A stabilization fund can make the euro area more crisis-proof
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, June 2018




Read this briefing on ‘The EU’s long-term budget framework‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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