The position is important because the EP’s opinion on the matter has so far only been considered in the form of a so-called “Memorandum of Understanding.” However, the EP has decided to take on a full budgetary role and, for the first time, use the co-decision procedure in the interim report's multi-annual financial framework. This allows it to propose specific changes for each line or program.
"It is important that the European Parliament exercised the mandate of the electorate and thus played an active role in developing negotiating positions with concrete amounts for the next long-term budget of the Union," said Member of the European Parliament Tibor Szanyi.
For new challenges in the EU budget, additional resources have to be found, for example by increasing direct EU revenue.
"I agree with the points jointly worked out with my fellow MEPs, according to which sources should be allocated for, among others, young people, economic growth and job creation, research and climate change, migration, defense and security policy. Again, I would like to draw attention to the fact that we must put great emphasis on agriculture and the countryside in the next financial cycle as well. In this, investment in areas such as smart technologies, plays a key role. They generate additional investments that, on the one hand, make food production cheaper and our food healthier. Moreover, if these investments are coordinated through the pattern of EU smart villages, rural communities themselves can also profit in a complex way, for example, from social-, service-, energy production-, and training systems," said MEP and vice chairman of MSZP Tibor Szanyi.