The Council wants the EU's budget to continue to focus on strengthening the European economy and boosting its competitiveness. Other priorities include ensuring sufficient funding for migration and the protection of the EU's external borders, strengthening civil protection, tackling climate change and providing adequate resources for external action in line with the EU's strategic interests.
As in previous years, member states also insist on budgetary prudence and discipline. They want to ensure sufficient leeway in the budget to allow the EU to react to unforeseen needs.
More funding compared to 2019 is foreseen, for instance, for Horizon 2020, Europe's satellite navigation systems EGNOS and Galileo, the energy strand of the Connection Europe Facility, Erasmus+ and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme.
The Council also adopted today its position on four amending budgets to the 2019 EU budget proposed by the Commission, approving them without changes.
The aim of these amendments is to include in the 2019 budget the surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2018 (€1.8 billion) and to reinforce Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ programmes by €100 million as agreed during the negotiations on the 2019 EU budget.