On 25 April 2012, the European Commission will adopt the draft EU budget for the year 2013. It will be the last annual budget of the present Multiannual Financial Framework 2007-2013.
Aware of the current economic situation, the Commission will present a budget fully geared to use its funding potential for growth and jobs in line with the Europe 2020 strategy.
The annual budget is equivalent to around 1% of the Unionís national wealth. Though relatively small in size it is an important tool in furthering the goals of European integration. Directly or indirectly, all European citizens benefit from some activity funded from the EU budget, be it in the form of safer food on our plates, better roads or the guaranteeing of our fundamental rights.
According to Treaty (on the Functioning of the European Union) all EU institutions and bodies draw up their estimates for the draft budget according to their internal procedures before 1 July. The Commission consolidates these estimates and establishes the annual Ďdraft budgetí which must respect the spending ceilings (limits) imposed by the seven year long multiannual financial framework in total and in each of its parts (headings). The proposal shall contain estimates both of revenue and of expenditure. The draft budget is to be submitted to the Council and the European Parliament not later than by 1 September.
In practice there is the so called "pragmatic" calendar which takes into account the time for negotiations within the Council and the European Parliament as well as the conciliation procedure between these institutions if necessary. The Commission thus endeavours to present the draft budget before the end of April/beginning of May each year.
The Commission's draft budget will be adopted by the College, forwarded to the Council and to the European Parliament, presented by Commissioner Lewandowski to the Committee on Budgets of the European Parliament and to the media on the same day.
The proposal will be then discussed by the both "arms" of the budgetary authority (Council and the European Parliament) and is to be approved by them before 31 December 2012 according to the special legislative procedure set by the Treaty.
IP and Presentation will be available on the day.
For information on the EU budget documents please see:
Homepage DG Financial Programming and Budget:
Homepage of Janusz Lewandowski, Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget
Patrizio Fiorilli: +32 2 295 81 32 Patrizio.Fiorilli@ec.europa.eu
Monika Sikorska: +32 2 295 23 92 Monika-Sandra.Sikorska@ec.europa.eu
Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor ťťn of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 27 eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat ťťn. Samen vormen zij het college van eurocommissarissen. De eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.