Strasbourg, 13 March 2013
MFF 2014-2020: "The adoption of the EP resolution opens the final phase of the negotiation"
Following the adoption of the resolution by the European Parliament concerning the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, EU Commissioner for Budget and Financial Programming, Janusz Lewandowski, said:
"The adoption by the European Parliament of its resolution on the next financial programming period (MFF 2014-2020) is a key step forward as we now have the official positions of both the Council and the Parliament to finalise the negotiations on the next MFF.
Now, the negotiations should be launched swiftly. We owe this to 500 million Europeans, to our businesses, towns and regions, scientists, students, NGOs and all those who benefit from EU funds: to reach an overall agreement as well as to complete the work on each sectorial policy in order to be fully ready by 1 January 2014.
The European Commission will continue to act as facilitator, helping to broker an overall agreement between the European Parliament and the Council.
The 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework must be ready in time, to provide the means to help Europe invest its way out of the crisis, including through simpler rules of access to EU funds for beneficiaries as well as a more flexible EU budget able to quickly react to new developments.
Pooling our resources together through a more focused EU budget for investment in growth and jobs will deliver bigger impacts at a time when Europe needs it most."