Input from the European Movement International
We believe that new approaches in managing the EU budget must be considered to make it an agent of change for a more fair, safe, sustainable and inclusive EU. In our recently published Policy Position on the Future of Europe: a future-proof European Union budget, the European Movement sets certain priority areas, which among others, focus on youth, migration and climate.
Moreover, we support the move towards a closer link between the funds paid out to Member States and their compliance with EU rules and values, provided the conditionality and different steps of enforcement are clearly specified. To ensure democratic participation and strengthen civil society we also propose the introduction of elements of participatory budgeting.
As argued in our Policy Position on The Future of Europe: a future-proof European Union budget, new own resources could furthermore provide tools to react adequately to economic shocks, provide resources to run EU programmes in priority areas, and address shortcomings in the setup of the Economic and Monetary Union. How those resources could look like and be implemented is discussed in more detail in our Policy Position on EU Own Resources.