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Commission proposed EU budget for 2022

Commission proposed EU budget for 2022
09 June 2021

The Commission proposed yesterday an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The funding will help rebuild and modernise the EU, by fostering the green and digital transitions, creating jobs and strengthening Europe's role in the world.

The Commission is proposing to allocate:

  • €118.4 billion in grants from NextGenerationEU under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and to make EU economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.
  • €53 billion for the Common Agricultural Policy and €972 million for the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, for Europe's farmers and fishers, but also to strengthen the resilience of the agri-food and fisheries sectors and to provide the necessary scope for crisis management.
  • €36.5 billion for regional development and cohesion, reinforced by €10.8 billion from NextGenerationEU under REACT-EU to support crisis response and crisis repair.
  • €14.8 billion to support EU’S partners and interests in the world, of which €12.5 billion under the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument — Global Europe (NDICI — Global Europe), and €1.6 billion for Humanitarian Aid (HUMA).
  • €13.1 billion for research and innovation, of which €12.2 billion for Horizon Europe, the Union's flagship research programme.
  • €5.5 billion for European strategic investments, of which €1.2 billion for InvestEU for key priorities (research and innovation, twin green and digital transition, the health sector, and strategic technologies), €2.8 billion for the Connecting Europe Facility to improve cross-border infrastructure, and €1.2 billion for the Digital Europe Programme to shape the Union's digital future.
  • €17.9 billion for investing in people, social cohesion, and values, of which €13.3 billion for the European Social Fund Plus to support employment,  skills and social inclusion, €3.4 billion Erasmus+ to create education and mobility opportunities for people, €401 million to support artists and creators around Europe, and €253 million to promote justice, rights, and values*;
  • €2.1 billion for spending dedicated to space, mainly for the European Space Programme.
  • €1.9 billion for environment and climate action, of which €708 million for the LIFE programme to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, and €1.2 billion for the Just Transition Fund to make sure that the green transition works for all.
  • €1.9 billion for protecting our borders, of which €780 million for the Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF), and €758 million for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
  • 1.9 billion to support candidate and potential candidate countries in meeting the requirements of the Union's accession process, chiefly through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA III).
  • €1.3 billion for migration-related spending, of which €1.1 billion to support migrants and asylum-seekers in line with our values and priorities.
  • €1.2 billion to address defence and common security challenges, of which €950 million to support capability development and research under the European Defence Fund (EDF), as well as €232 million to support Military Mobility.
  • €905 million to ensure the functioning of the Single Market, including €584 million for the Single Market Programme, and close to €200 million for work on anti-fraud, taxation, and customs.
  • €789 million for EU4Health to ensure a comprehensive health response to people's needs, as well as €95 million to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU) to be able to deploy operational assistance quickly in case of a crisis.
  • €600 million for security, of which €227 million for the Internal Security Fund (ISF), which will combat terrorism, radicalisation, organised crime, and cybercrime.

The draft budget for 2022 is part of the Union's long-term budget as adopted at the end of 2020, and seeks to turn its priorities into concrete annual deliverables. A significant part of the funds will therefore be dedicated to combatting climate change, in line with the target to spend 30% of the long-term budget and the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument on this policy priority.

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