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Wednesday, 31st October 2012

The state of play on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014 2020 interinstitutional negotiations

Source: European Policy Centre

This report by Claire Dhéret, Fabian Zuleeg and Andreea Martinovici, under the Framework Contract with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the EU Budget, analyses the state of play in the MFF 2014 – 2020 interinstitutional negotiations and proposes some figures for the different headings of the MFF. By outlining the state of play in the negotiations and looking at the positions taken by the Commission, the Council, the European Parliament and the CoR on the ‘negotiating box’ proposed by the Danish Presidency, the authors recall that the MFF package comprises three parts: the MFF regulation, the own resources legislative acts and the sector specific acts. However, the MFF is more than three separate blocks of legislation with different adoption procedures. It is a ‘political power game’, where these three core elements become interdependent, as each institution attempts to compromise its own views as little as possible.

The authors also argue that one of the underlying causes for the divergences among and within the institutions involved in negotiations seems to be the differing understanding of the role of the EU budget – as an investment budget that can invigorate growth or as a spending budget financed by Member States (MS) deeply affected by austerity measures.

+ Direct link to report (PDF; 593 KB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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