Since the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework’s proposal (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period by the European Commission on 2 May, including the new system of own resources of the European Union, which launched the coming budgetary negotiations, the European Parliament did not have the opportunity to give its formal opinion on these orientations. This is what it did this morning, by 409 votes in favour, 61 abstentions and 213 votes against during the vote on the resolution on this proposal.

Strasbourg, Wednesday 30 May 2018

The ALDE French delegation, through its vote, paid tribute to the Commission’s willingness of starting a constructive dialogue with the Parliament for the definition of the 2021-2027 MFF. Nevertheless, against the challenges of globalisation that Europe is facing, the Commission seems not taking its responsibilities by presenting a lack of budgetary ambition.

The Chair of the Committee on Budgets Jean Arthuis (ALDE, LREM) asked: "Do we think that with a budget of 1.08% or 1.30% of the GDP we are going to reach our objectives?”. He pursued by stating that “we are today confronted with major challenges triggered by globalisation. Concerning migration issues, how to run out migratory sources? We have challenges in the areas of security, defence, cyberattacks, food, climate protection, unemployment and professional training for young people, digital."

Therefore, the French delegation expresses the necessity to give to the European Union a budget which is up to its political ambition. But this will not be done at the expense of taxpayers. To raise the budget to 2% or 3% of the European GDP does not correspond to an increase of the European public spending, because we could stop committing some spending at national level in order to commit them with solidarity at the European level. In other words, the raise of the European budget has to correlatively reduce the national budgets. Therefore, we would have a greater efficiency and would demonstrate the European added value.

MEP Jean Arthuis concluded by stating that “we need a Europe that shapes our future, a Europe that protects us, a budget which is coherent with our ambitions and our vision.”

The French delegation within the ALDE group is composed by the following MEPs: Jean Arthuis, Jean-Marie Cavada, Thierry Cornillet, Nathalie Griesbeck, Patricia Lalonde, Robert Rochefort and Dominique Riquet.