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An EU budget fit for the future

19.2.2018General

The future of the EU much depends on the decisions to come on the MFF, the Multi-annual Financial Framework. This seven year plan will set the level of ambition on the various fields of activity of the European Union. 

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On 14 February the Commission launched a communication and a series of fact-sheets which will serve as an input to the upcoming Informal Leaders' meeting on 23 February.

As UK is a net contributor to the budget, Brexit would have a substantial impact, unless new agreements are made. The long-term budget has therefore much become a part of the whole Future of Europe debate.

–We are happy that the Commission is underlining the need to invest in Erasmus+

Currently a series of public consultations are running, where organisations and individuals can have a say on what they think the priorities should be for the future. Latest by early May the Commission foresees that their final proposals will be introduced.

Eurocadres has been requesting that the budget allocations to higher education, research and innovation should be twice the share of the budget in comparison to today's figures.

–We are happy that the Commission is underlining the need to invest in Erasmus+. It is a concrete tool that promotes intercultural experiences, increases cross-border mobility and gives an added value to higher education, says Martin Jefflén of Eurocadres.

–If the budget would be smaller the ambitions have to be smaller as well. With the recent proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights the EU instead has to pick up pace in several fields. For example, the EU should invest more in transition support. Digitalisation affects the labour market broadly and the need for up- and re-skilling will become more and more pressing, Martin Jefflén concludes.

–EU should invest more in transition support. Digitalisation affects the labour market broadly and the need for up- and re-skilling will become more and more pressing

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