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  • 27 September 2012


    Negotiations of Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020


    On 29 June 2011, the European Commission presented its proposal for the multi-annual budget for 2014-2020 entitled "A Budget for Europe 2020", which started negotiations of the new financial period of the EU. The overall amount proposed by the Commission for the next seven years is €1,025 billion in commitments (1.05% of the EU GNI) and €972.2 billion (1% of EU GNI) in payments. By the end of 2011 the Commission published a number of sector-specific proposals for each area covered by the next EU budget.

    Negotiations started during the Polish presidency, were continued during the Danish presidency and are now conducted under the presidency of Cyprus. The final agreement of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 – which requires agreement of the Parliament and the European Council – is expected for the end of 2012, during the Cyprus presidency or at the beginning of the Irish presidency in the first half of 2013.



    The Polish position on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 - 2020


    PwC’s report: “Impact of the Cohesion Policy on international competitiveness - based on experiences of the Cohesion Countries”


    PwC examined, for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the impact of the Cohesion Policy on international competitiveness on the basis of experiences made by the Cohesion Countries, especially Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland. The thorough statistical analysis prepared by the team led by Prof. Dr. Witold Orłowski shows that the transfers to the Cohesion Countries under the Cohesion Policy were many times smaller than the increase in public and private debt, and their distribution in time was completely different to the process of losing competitiveness. This allows us to reject the thesis that transfers made under the Cohesion Policy have a negative impact on competitiveness and may contribute to economic problems in the Cohesion Countries.


    Lewandowski: Don't slash the EU budget


    Janusz Lewandowski, European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget, talks to Warsaw Business Journal about the European Commission’s proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework, the impact of the financial crisis and what Poland can expect from the next budget.



    An obvious way to boost jobs

    The Cohesion Policy is a way to struggle with unemployment and a source of sustainable growth used by the less developed regions as well as rich countries – write the ministers for European and Foreign Affairs, including minister Mikołaj Dowgielewicz for The European Voice.


    Budgetary resolve

    I am totally convinced that the EU budget, especially in times of crisis, has a fundamental role to play - it is an effective anti-crisis package – Janusz Lewandowski talks for about the European Commission’s proposal for the MFF.


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