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Smaller EU budget and Sweden’s contribution must be kept down – the Government’s general priorities ahead of the upcoming EU budget negotiations
The EU’s new budget must be smaller than the current one and Sweden’s contribution must be kept down. Money should go to common areas such as migration and security rather than to agricultural aid, and payments to Member States must be subject to the condition that joint decisions in the area of migration are followed. This is the Government’s position ahead of the upcoming EU budget negotiations that was presented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson today.
“We need a modern and efficient EU budget in the future. A budget in which money goes to the right things and where there are consequences for not taking responsibility and following EU decisions,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
When the United Kingdom leaves the EU, a major contributor to the EU budget will disappear. This will have major consequences for both the budget that applies now and future negotiations on a new budget.
The EU budget is governed by a multiannual financial framework, known as the long-term budget. The current framework applies for the period 2014–2020. A proposal for a new long-term budget from 2021 is expected to be presented at the end of this year, or early next year.
Work on a new long-term budget has already begun, and today the Government is presenting its overarching positions ahead of the coming budget negotiations.
- When the UK’s contribution disappears, the budget will have to be reduced by the corresponding amount. The Government wants to set an expenditure ceiling that does not exceed 1 per cent of the EU’s GNI.
- Sweden’s contribution must be kept down. We want to do this primarily by reducing the budget but also by defending the proportion we pay ourselves.
The Government wants to see a modern budget with reprioritisations that benefit common measures, such as security, migration, competitiveness, research and climate change adaptation. This is done through reduced appropriations for agricultural support and structural funds.
There must be a price for not taking responsibility. Countries that do not take their responsibility when it comes to migration policy should not be able to have access to support from the EU in the same way as is currently the case. All Member States must stand up for our shared values and joint decisions. The EU brings with it both benefits and obligations.
The Government wants to see more effective control of how EU funding is used. With a reduced budget it will be even more important to ensure that the money is used in the right way.
“It is important that the budget is reduced when the British leave the EU. It is not reasonable that we, and other Member States, should have to pay more; we must keep Sweden’s EU contribution down,” says Ms Andersson.
Sweden will take a proactive role in the coming budget negotiations and has already initiated a dialogue with the European Commission on Sweden’s priorities.