Did you know that the European Union funds innovative and ambitious projects such as the UK research into new revolutionary material called Graphene, extension of the trans-European north-south gas corridor in Poland or adaption to the impacts of climate change in Belgium? Through its budget the EU offers resources to public and private organisations, to municipalities, NGOs, researchers or students, in a wide range of fields. Though relatively small in size compared to the sum of public budgets of the EU Member States, EU funds make a massive difference, supporting growth and jobs across Europe.
Short and illustrative videos will take you on a journey through the EU budget and some interesting projects. Watch the clips and discover that the EU finances border protection or sustainable development. See where EU funds helped bring unemployment down, reduce costs of heating and hot water and improve transport infrastructure.
Come and take a look at the EU investment map for 2013. Try to define the main areas of expenditure. Pin coins that represent amounts of spending to the right place on the map and our EU budget experts will answer all your questions about EU finances. Don’t miss the opportunity to voice your opinion on investment areas with the highest EU added value in 2014-2020. Present your ideas about the future of the EU’s common budget!
The responsibility for the management of the EU budget lies with the European Commission. The Directorate-General for Budget is an EU "finance ministry" as it presents annual budgets, oversees the collection of resources to the budget, proposes financial rules, serves as the EU treasury, manages the EU accounting system and prepares annual financial reports.
Plan ahead and check out the Directorate-General for Budget’s stand in the Berlaymont.