Sweden proposed to reduce the budget of the European Union
Sweden considers it necessary to reconsider the approach to the formation of the future EU budget in connection with Brexit and to send funds to areas of common issues for the European Union, such as migration and security, according to a press release published on Monday by the Swedish government.
“We need an effective and modern EU budget in the future, a budget whose funds go to the right things and that stipulate consequences if there is no accountability and the EU decision is not respected,” said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Leuven, whose words are cited in the message.
The government explains that “with the withdrawal from the UK Union, a large payer will also disappear into the EU budget,” which will affect both the budget itself and the talks on its formation. The current long-term budget of the EU is designed for the period from 2014 to 2020, and proposals for EU finances for the period from 2021, according to the plans, should be submitted at the end of this year or early 2018.
“The Swedish government wants to see a modern budget with priorities changing in favor of joint actions such as security, migration, competitiveness, science and climate programs, which can be achieved by reducing allocations to support agriculture and structural funds,” the government said.
The Swedish government also believes that countries “that do not take responsibility in migration policy should not in that case have access to EU support funds, as it is today.”
In the future EU budget, believe in Stockholm, an effective mechanism for controlling the used money should be laid. In Sweden, they also expect that the revision of the future union budget will also reduce the contributions of Sweden itself.
“It is important that the budget be reduced after the release of the British from the union It is unreasonable that we, like other EU member states, have to pay more, on the contrary, we should cut the Swedish contribution to the EU,” said Swedish Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, words which are contained in the press release.
Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany are considered the largest net donors in the EU, that is, they pay the EU more than they receive back in the form of various support programs.