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

GEIER Jens
Vice-chair
Germany
GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL Eider
Coordinator
Spain
dos SANTOS Manuel
Member
Portugal
HOFFMANN Iris
Member
Germany
HOWARTH John
Member
United Kingdom
MAŇKA Vladimír
Member
Slovakia
PICIERNO Pina
Member
Italy
POPA Răzvan
Member
Romania
THOMAS Isabelle
Member
France
VIOTTI Daniele
Member
Italy

See our latest actions

Press release

S&Ds say: No special treatment advocated by EPP-ECR-ENF alliance for MEPs in case of fraud suspicion.

Press release

S&Ds succeeded today to define the European Parliament's position on a new tool to reduce financial risks in Europe

Audiovisual

Our plenary week in action - 25 to 28 March 2019 - How to stop losing €825.000.000.000 a year to tax evasion

Position papers

Position paper
Published
The Future of EU finances post-2020
Position paper
Published
The reform of the Own Resources system
Position paper
Published
S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership
Position paper
Published
S&D position paper on migration & asylum
Position paper
Published
S&D Strategy on the Revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) (2014-2020)
Position paper
Published
Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision
Position paper
Published
Completing and rebalancing economic and monetary union. A democratic call
Position paper
Published
Preventing a new Eurozone crisis: towards a new deal for Greece and the EMU
Position paper
Published
Ending the crisis and building new sustainable and shared prosperity - our call for an ambitious european investment strategy