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European Parliament passes resolution on European Council budget agreement

Thursday 23 July 2020

On 23 July, the European Parliament adopted a resolution by 465 votes to 150 (with 67 abstentions), responding to the European Council’s political agreement on the future budget of the EU. The resolution followed the political agreement of the European Council on 21 July, setting out the future of the EU recovery instrument (Next Generation EU) and the long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework). During a plenary debate which included speeches from both the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, MEPs were critical on a number of issues of the agreement, including criticising the decision to reduce funding for programmes such as EU4Health and Horizon Europe.

The resolution outlined that the European Parliament does not accept the European Council’s political agreement on the 2021-2027 MFF in its current form and that they are prepared to withhold their consent until a satisfactory agreement is reached. In particular, the text states that the “proposed cuts to health and research programmes are dangerous in the context of a global pandemic”. The resolution explains that the Parliament will negotiate with the Council in relation to the points within the resolution and calls for an agreement to be reached by October 2020, to allow for a smooth transition to new programmes from 1 January 2021.

You can watch the debate here:

You can read the text of the resolution here: