Commissioner Corina Creţu and Commissioner Günther Oettinger (Budget and Human Resources) held a Structure Dialogue with territorial associations at the CoR on 27 September regarding the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances.:



 

Commissioner Corina Creţu and Commissioner Günther Oettinger (Budget and Human Resources) held a Structure Dialogue with territorial associations at the CoR on 27 September regarding the Reflection Paper on the Future of EU Finances.

Commissioner Oettinger announced the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework for May 2018 (and a High-Level Conference on 9-10 January 2018), taking into account 10-12 Billion € less income per year after Brexit. New challenges (terrorism, security, climate change, etc.) have an evident budgetary impact. All EU programmes are going to reviewed in the light of their added value. He asked for a higher EU Budget (over 1% of EU GDP) to guarantee certain EU fundamental policies such as Cohesion, based on subsidiarity and conditionality.

Commissioner Creţu highlighted the return of growth and employment to the EU, but the persistence of inequalities, too. Business as usual is not an option anymore, and EU budget should be adapted to all priorities. Cohesion should a policy for all regions, but it should concentrate of fewer issues. Investment and reform should be combined to optimize results. She asked for more simplification and hope the Omnibus Regulation to be approved as soon as possible.

The representatives of the CoR and the associations of regions and cities took the floor stressing the need to boost bottom-up innovation processes, Juncker’s 6th Scenario, the need of a stronger but simpler and more modern Cohesion Policy based in shared management and solidarity, avoiding any renationalization and fighting euro-scepticism. Added value is ok, but it cannot be used to dismantle Cohesion.

Mr Michiel Scheffer (ALDE, NL) intervened on behalf of the AEBR stressing that main EU added value are Peace and Single Market. When tackling CBC we have to talk about employment, transport, energy, climate change, etc. CBC should become mainstream.

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