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MY SPEECH IN PLENARY ON THE 2021-2027 MFF

In the framework of the interim report on the multiannual financial framework 2021-2027 (Jan Olbrycht and Isabelle Thomas MEPs) and the report on own resources (Gérard Deprez and Janusz Lewandowski MEPs), please find here my full speech.

Our plenary assembly will vote tomorrow on the negotiating position that your committee on budgets proposes. The interim report reflects the vision of what the next post-2020 multiannual financial framework should be and its funding by new own resources. This report is the outcome of a more than two-year-long work whose actors - Jan Olbrycht and Isabelle Thomas for the MFF and Gérard Deprez and Janusz Lewandowski for own resources - should be congratulated.

It is the European Union’s long-term budget and specifies for each heading and each programme the amounts of appropriations allocated. This interim report is the outcome of our two previous resolutions voted respectively on 14 March and 30 May of this year.

By its vote, the Parliament will demonstrate its unity and its willingness for the upcoming negotiations with the ministers of the European Union. Whereas we are prepared, I want to express my regret that Member States have not achieved any significant progress yet in order to find a common position. I trust the Austrian presidency for finding an agreement by the end of this year.

By fixing the MFF’s overall cap of expenditures to 1.3% of the EU27 GDP, the Parliament is reasonable. To undertake the new priorities:

  • Youth (ERASMUS)
  • Research
  • Climate
  • Defence
  • Migration

without cutting the funding of agricultural and cohesion policies down.

Finally, it calls for the identification of actions that States finance at the national level without a real efficiency due to the challenges triggered by globalisation. Therefore, if those expenditure were more efficient by putting them in the European budget, we can imagine to slightly increase the budget up to more than 1.3% of the GDP without raising public expenses in Europe. In other words, the aim is to shape the budget of a global power.

Concerning EU’s own resources, we have to admit that the current system is “extremely complex, unfair, not transparent and totally incomprehensible for European citizens”. The new system should lead to a substantial reduction of Member States’ direct contributions. The objective is to get out of the « fair return » tyranny so contrary to the principle of solidarity, so contrary to the community spirit. It is clear that new own resources cannot mean an increase of the tax burden for European taxpayers in any way. While the United Kingdom is getting ready to leave the EU, let’s take advantage of this circumstance to break up the rebates and other advantages offered in conditions as much clandestine as questionable.

It is time to tax the activities of digital giants for the profits they make in Europe, and tax financial transactions. In any way, the levied resources will be collected by the States and put at the disposal of the EU budget. States’ fiscal prerogatives are therefore not impacted.

The interim report on the post-2020 MFF and the new own resources aim at consolidating a Europe which wants to make sense for European citizens, to convince them that it has the means to meet their expectations, to ensure them that it shapes their future and protects them. We still have to find an agreement with the Council.