EU long-term budget “a difficult pill to swallow” – Von der Leyen

July 23, 2020

The president of the European Commission has hit out at EU member states for agreeing cuts to crucial aspects of the EU’s long-term budget known as the multi-annual financial framework or MFF.


During an address to the European Parliament this morning, Ursula von der Leyen criticised EU leaders for what she called regrettable and painful decisions on the MFF.


MEPs are today debating the outcome of the recent marathon summit of EU leaders which ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning.


The EU Council agreed a seven hundred and fifty billion euro (€750bn) Covid recovery fund. They also reached unanimous agreement on the EU’s long-term budget which will run from 2021 to 2027.


However, Ursula von der Leyen slammed decisions to cut funding to some of the EU’s valuable programmes including health and research and innovation.


Out words: to swallow  


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