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EU long-term budget: How should we spend it?

The EU’s long-term budget helps millions of students, thousands of researchers, cities, businesses and regions.

But how should we spend it and where should the money come from? Shall we continue to support European farmers and regions and/or should we invest more in the fight against climate change and a digital Europe? Shall we have a European plastic tax?

Have your say, step in the role of politicians and negotiate a budget for the next years!


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12 March 2020

You should implement a EU wide plastic tax to gather a new source of income for the long term budget. But this money should ONLY be spend for projects which fight climate change, deforestation, pollution of the oceans or for the development of renevable energy infrastructures. If it is like that I would be more than happy to pay this tax.
But don't even start spending the money on defens or similar subjects.
The other acceptable way to spend the money is for EU youth projects such as Interrail for example.

Florian Bauer
03 March 2020

Budget resources:
I think that the EU should generally receive a larger budget to be able to deal with its future challenges. One per cent of GDP is definetely not enough. Currently, there is a lot of discussion about net-payers and net-beneficiaries of the budget, which is misleading because a lot of the benefits of the EU are not measurable or don't enter these calculations and it creates divisions between member states. It would be beneficial to escape this harmful framing by giving the EU the opportunity to have more own resources such as funds from the Emissions Trading System, from a plastic tax or a common consolidated corporate tax base.
Budget spending:
The Common Agricultural Policy is still a large chunk of the budget and it desperately needs to be reformed. Farmers should only receive money if they provide real public benefit by acting sustainable and safeguarding animal rights and the environment and climate.
Generally, the spending on climate issues needs to be increased. To fulfill its global responsibility, the EU should also at least double its funding for development assistance to poor countries, while focusing the spending on the most cost-effective projects.