Extraordinary meeting results in no deal on EU budget

President of the European Council (EuCo) called to an extraordinary Council Meeting from 20-21 February 2020, which ended without a deal on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). 

The proposed new structure for EU finances aimed at shifting the priority for spending towards a climate-resilient economy. Along this line, representatives of the cultural and creative sector NEMO being one of them, were called by the European Parliament CULT Committee to provide concrete recommendations on how the future generation of the Creative Europe programme can contribute to tackle the climate challenge. 

Culture Action Europe writes that "Charles Michel’s latest compromise proposal got the same frosty reception by EU heads of state and governments as the Finnish negotiating box did late last year (Check out CAE analysis of the EuCO meeting behind the scenes).

This isn’t surprising, given the two oeuvres were pretty similar, including in their negligence towards the future Creative Europe programme – of which we count only one mention with no figure attached. While Michel’s proposal wasn’t that ambitious –1.07% of EU 27 GNI– the four self-declared “frugal” net contributors to the EU budget (Member States contributing more to the EU budget than the amount of EU funding they receive) led by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, refused to raise the budget above 1% of the EU's GNI: “the success of the European project is measured by our ability to deliver on our political ambitions not by the size of the budget” writes Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in an op-ed for FT, “standing up for common values does not have a price tag”, he ads. If the value of culture goes far beyond its contribution to the EU’s economic growth, which is still considerable (CCS generates value added of approximately €509 billion), culture needs the instruments to enable the creative potential of the CCS to thrive and eventually contribute building a socially and environmentally sustainable future of Europe."