How does the budget for the EU Strategy 2014-2020 look like?

by Vesna Balta on September 3, 2014

The EU budget for the period 2014-2020 is 1,082 billion euros. The Multiannual financial framework (MFF), which is the other name for the 2014-2020 EU budget, is split into six headline areas, which are (1) Smart and Inclusive Growth, (2) Sustainable Growth: (3) Natural Resources, (4) Security and citizenship, (5) Global Europe, and (6) Administration.

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.32.08The EU budget gets the revenues from three types of own resources:

  1. Traditional own resources: which consist mainly of customs duties on imports from outside the EU and sugar levies. EU Member States keep 25 % of the amounts as collection costs.
  2. Own resources based on value added tax (VAT): a uniform rate of 0.3 % is levied on the harmonised VAT base of each Member State.
  3. Own resources based on GNI: each Member State transfers a standard percentage of its GNI to the EU, around 1% of its gross national income (GNI).

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 07.55.00Other sources of revenue (around 1 %) include tax and other deductions from EU staff remunerations, bank interest, contributions from non-EU countries to certain programmes, interest on late payments and fines.

For each single year the draft of the budget is prepared and then adopted as the budget for the year. The budget for 2014 has been adopted in February 2014 in Official Journal L51 of 21/02/2014. The  budget for the 2014. looked as shown on the graph to the right. 

The draft budget for 2015 had to be framed and sent out for approvals, also to member states by the latest on 01. July of the current year for the next year. Because of the procedure the budget for 2015 will be adopted in few month.

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 07.59.40The Multiannual financial framework (MFF), or the EU budget for the period 2014-2020, can then be seen from many different perspectives, split for instance into policies, flagship initiatives, funds etc. The funding distribution according to the policies is illustrated in the  graph.

The objectives of the strategy are also supported by seven ‘flagship initiatives’ providing a framework through which the EU and national authorities mutually reinforce their efforts in areas supporting the Europe 2020 priorities such as innovation, the digital economy, employment, youth, industrial policy, poverty, and resource efficiency.

There are two main types of EU funding: (1) funds whose management is shared between the EU and the Member States and (2) funds which are managed centrally by the European Commission. The Structural and Cohesion Funds, the EMFF and the EAFRD fall under the first category, whereas the research, environment and external action funds fall under the second. The bulk of EU spending (76% of the EU budget) involves funds which come under shared management by the EU Member States.

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About Vesna Balta :

Vesna Balta is a PhD from the Technische Universitat in Graz, Austria and a licensed architect. She is a Director at Bearing Consultings office in Zagreb and participates in projects across Bearings global practise. The main focus of her work is on project concept development, preparations and planning for structural funds projects in the European Union.

Ms. Balta is also the head of the EU funds section in the Croatian Chamber of Architects. She leads the education for Croatian architects with the theme of the structural funds in Croatia.

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