Our work on budgets

S&D MEPS fight for an EU budget that has the capacity and flexibility needed to meet the many challenges Europe faces. EU spending is agreed as a yearly budget. However, the rules and guidelines for the annual budget are organised as part of a longer-term plan: the multi-annual financial framework. The current framework runs 2014-2020, with a review midway through.

Our achievements

Year after year, our MEPs fight to ensure that EU funding matches the commitments national governments make. We will be firm in defending European citizen's rights and funds where resources are needed most. In the EU budget 2019, thanks to S&Ds pressure, the European Parliament demanded adequate funds for fundamental tools devoted to the future of our young people.

Our priorities

We cannot face global challenges as individual countries. Only by working together can we deal with challenges such as the economic or refugee crises. The S&D Group believes an EU budget with the necessary resources is essential if we are serious about this and both the financial framework and the yearly budget need to be better used to meet citizens' aspirations.

We want to see a more transparent and fair system for financing the EU budget. We want the EU to have its own resources - direct means of raising revenues - rather than it coming from national budgets.

We want a budget that focuses on creating jobs and growth, with more money going to areas such as research and development, innovation, training and jobs, so we can boost employment and growth across the continent.

It is also essential that the EU budget is well managed. If we want to regain the trust of European taxpayers, we need to flush out any corruption and show that every euro is spent effectively.

MEPs involved

MARQUES Margarida

Vice-chair
Portugal

GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider

Coordinator
Spain

DE CASTRO Paolo

Member
Italy

BIEDROŃ Robert

Member
Poland

GUALMINI Elisabetta

Member
Italy

HOWARTH John

Member
United Kingdom

LARROUTUROU Pierre

Member
France

UŠAKOVS Nils

Member
Latvia

BULLMANN Udo

Substitute
Germany

FERNÁNDEZ Jonás

Substitute
Spain

See our latest actions

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We stand in solidarity with unemployed people in Belgium, despite Council refusal, say S&Ds

Press release

EU 2020 Budget - highest EP stance ever on climate change and youth

Press release

"This is a crucial summit for the future of Europe, with Brexit and the next multiannual EU budget on the table, says Iratxe García ahead of EUCO

Position papers

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The Future of EU finances post-2020

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The reform of the Own Resources system

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S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership

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S&D position paper on migration & asylum

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S&D Strategy on the Revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) (2014-2020)

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Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision

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Completing and rebalancing economic and monetary union. A democratic call

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Preventing a new Eurozone crisis: towards a new deal for Greece and the EMU

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Ending the crisis and building new sustainable and shared prosperity - our call for an ambitious european investment strategy