On 14 February, the European Commission presented various options for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020. With its Communication the European Commission seeks to help EU Leaders ascertain what their choices would mean concretely in terms of funding at EU level when discussing the level of ambition of EU action in areas like protecting the EU’s external borders, supporting a true European Defence Union, boosting Europe’s digital transformation or making the EU’s cohesion and agricultural policies more efficient.

The European Commission will table its formal proposal for the next long-term EU budget in the coming months, at the latest in early May 2018. In the meantime, the Commission will continue listening to all stakeholders, including via the public consultations on the priorities of the EU that were launched in January 2018, to which EFEE also will reply.

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