European leaders are gathering in Brussels on 20 February for a particular assembly known as by the President of the European Council Charles Michel, aiming to reach an settlement on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).
“The next long-term budget is our common opportunity to make Europe fit for the future,” von der Leyen mentioned, reminding what was at stake, from the ambition to turn into the primary climate-neutral continent, to transitioning to digital financial system and supporting our residents.
Von der Leyen cautioned in opposition to dropping any extra time, after almost two years of deliberations. “If no budget is agreed soon, then next year we will not be able to fund the fight against climate change, to support research and innovation or to support our cohesion policies”.
She mentioned we wanted to have a ‘European budget that delivers’, significantly on widespread European considerations and duties, corresponding to analysis programmes, Erasmus, defence investments or migration funds.
“But most of all, citizens and companies want Europe to act on climate change”, she confused describing it as a problem that ‘we can turn into an economic opportunity’.
Von der Leyen recognised that arriving at an settlement can be a severe problem, however we have now a ‘duty to rise to [it] with determination’, she mentioned. “We know that citizens will not understand it if decision makers fail to make the funding available for policies needed”, she underlined, interesting to our widespread duty to ship it.