|President Juncker at the informal EU leaders’ meeting|
EU leaders held an informal discussion on institutional issues and discussed the future of the Multiannual Financial Framework after 2020
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker participated today at the informal meeting of the 27 EU Heads of State or Government which, as part of the Leaders’ Agenda, held an informal discussion on institutional issues, including the composition of the European Parliament after the UK leaves the EU and the nomination of the President of the European Commission. Leaders also discussed the future of the Multiannual Financial Framework after 2020.
At the press conference, and referring to the lead candidate system for the election of the European Commission, President Juncker underlined that the EU Treaty does neither foresee automaticity, nor autonomy because if the European Council does not agree on the proposed candidate for the Commission President, it has to propose a new candidate within one month.
On the EU budget, President Juncker stated that time is money underlining that delays in agreeing the EU budget would cost 5000 research jobs for every single month that we do not agree and up to 600,000 Erasmus places in 2021 alone.
President Juncker stressed that those who want to restrict the EU budget to 1% of EU27 Gross National Income instead of the current 1,13% should know that such a cut would mean cutting cohesion and agriculture funds by 15% or else we need to reduce other policies by 45%.
To prepare today’s discussions, last week the Commission published its contribution to the debate with proposals on ideas for a more efficient European Union and options for a new, modernised, long-term EU budget. On the latter, the Commission will table its formal proposal for the next long-term EU budget on 2 May. 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.