The budget of the European Union from 2021 to 2027 will decrease by EUR 75 billion, said the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at a meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
During the budget debate over the next seven years, the head of the EU executive body called for taking into account the European Green Deal, adopted at the end of 2019, when planning to allocate EUR 100 billion, DW reported.
The President noted she would not agree to a budget with less than 25 percent of all spendings for climate protection, since it would not be possible to achieve the EU environmental goals. The head of the European Commission announced the need for a compromise in the near future.
If the budget is not adopted soon, next year we will not be able to finance new tasks, she said.
The chair of the European People's Party (EPP) faction Manfred Weber called for an end to the discussions on donor countries of the EU. Border protection or support to Africa will not return to the EU, but is important for all of them, Weber explained.
Ursula von der Leyen introduced in December the EU climate protection program, for which a total of EUR 100 billion will be allocated in the coming years, and EUR 1 trillion by 2030.
According to her, the goal of the comprehensive program is to achieve complete climate neutrality in the EU member states by 2050, that is, economic activity with zero greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, Europe hopes to slow down global warming.
UK left the EU on the night of February 1. This move followed a referendum in 2016 and protracted talks with Brussels. The UK authorities initially planned Brexit on March 29, 2019, but the prepared bill was repeatedly rejected by Parliament.