On Monday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the 2023 EU Budget, shortly before the deadline of the conciliation period, ending on Monday 14 November at midnight. Parliament has obtained in total €1048.7 million for its priorities on top of what the Commission had initially proposed in the draft budget.
The preliminary figures are €186,6 billion in commitment appropriations and €168,7 billion in payment appropriations. Detailed figures will be available later.
MEPs were successful in increasing funding for programmes and policies which they see as vital for addressing the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis, contributing to the post-pandemic recovery and strengthen efforts towards the green and digital transitions, in line with Parliament’s priorities set out in its guidelines for 2023.
Consequences of the war in Ukraine
MEPs obtained additional funding for programmes including:
Energy and climate
MEPs managed to increase EU energy independence and support citizens and SMEs with their high energy bills, while backing the green transition and biodiversity. Programmes with additional support include:the Horizon Europe research programme, the Connecting Europe Facility, which funds the construction of high-quality and sustainable trans-European transport and energy networks, the environment and climate action LIFE programme,
The lessons of the pandemic: health, better preparedness, culture and values
MEPs restored the €200 million cut by the Council to the EU4Health programme and obtained another €7.5 million, as the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, resulting in a need to support national health systems to become more resilient. Further priorities where Parliament fought for and obtained additional support include:
Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, BE), Chair of the Committee on Budgets, said: “I’m delighted we reached an agreement on the budget for 2023. The additional expenditure provided for Ukraine, energy, migration and research answers to the challenges of the day. Meanwhile, it is clear that the limits of the current multiannual financial framework, the EU’s long-term budget, have been reached.”
Nicolae Ştefănuță (RENEW, RO), general rapporteur for the EU budget 2023 (for section III - Commission): “Over one billion Euros more to reduce energy prices, to deflect the effects of the war and help our allies in the East and South, to stand on our own feet on defence - this is what we fought for and what we got. Citizens do not expect institutional games, they expect results now.”
Niclas Herbst (EPP, DE), rapporteur for the other sections: “We made an important step towards reinforcing Parliament’s cybersecurity, leading the way for the other EU institutions. From the outset, we intended to improve the good functioning of the institutions, especially in these challenging times.”
After Council has formally adopted the compromise, it will be discussed in the Committee on Budgets on Thursday (17 November), then voted on in plenary in the European Parliament (during the November session in Strasbourg) and signed into law by its President.
Around 94% of the EU’s budget goes to citizens, regions, cities, farmers and businesses.