European Parliament Committee of the Regions – Mid-term revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework – 16th March 2016

Stakeholder consultation on the Mid-term Revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) at the Committee of the Regions

Co-Rapporteurs in charge of the strategic Own Initiative report that will prepare the grounds of the European Parliaments negotiation mandate for the mid-term revision are:

MEP Jan Olbrycht (EPP, Poland)

e-mail: jan.olbrycht@europarl.europa.eu

phone: +32(0)2 28 45511 (Brussels)

MEP Isabelle Thomas (S&D, France)

e-mail: isabelle.thomas@europarl.europa.eu

phone: +32(0)2 28 45432 (Brussels)

Objective of the consultation:  To get the participants’ opinions and feedback on the initial phase of the MFF implementation.

The Budgetary Affairs policy department provided a briefing paper on the state of play of the Mid-term review/revision of the MFF 2014-2020.

According to their paper, the following issues will need to be taken into account in the MFF revision: 

  • Recent crises and evolving priorities already pushed the MFF to its limits. The recen migration and refugee situation has put both national and EU budgets under considerable pressure. Ways to insure sufficient flexibility and additional budgetary means during the remaining MFF period should be found. 
  • The recent terrorist attacks in France and the raise of the terrorist threat in other European countries call for a coordinated and reinforced action at EU level.  External crisis have direct consequences within the EU (Ukraine and Russian ban on agricultural products for instance). 
  • Financing of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – an Investment Plan for Europe and its effects on EU budget should be considered. Should a compensation of the EFSI-related cuts for Horizon 2020 and CEF be examined in the mid-term review/revision, increasing both programmes’ envelopes as to keep up with the original engagement taken in 2013? 
  • The continuation of the Youth Employment Initiative after 2015. Dealing with payment backlog from the previous MFF period and avoiding a similar build- up of backlog in the future.

The stakeholder consultation was attended by our colleagues from LUMOS who advised the Co-Rapporteurs that the mid-term revision should:

  • Address social inclusion more widely
  • Look at and mention the implementation of the ex-ante conditionality on social inclusion and its investment priority on the transition from institutional to community based care and services
  • That the Code of Conduct on Partnership has not effectively been implemented in many countries
  • That the EFSI is being used in some countries for perpetuating institutional care and services in breach of the Common Provision Regulation 1303/2013.

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