On 1 December the European Parliament endorsed the final size and priority spending areas of the 2012 EU budget, following the agreements reached by its negotiating team and the EU Member States.
The increase in payment appropriations will be limited (1.86%) as requested by the Member States. The Commission, Council and Parliament agreed to take stock in the course of next year to see if the budget is realistic or if amendments are needed.
The overall budget for next year will amount to EUR 129.1 billion (1.86 % increase) in payments and EUR 147.2 billion (+3.8 %) in commitments.
The EU budget 2012 - The figures (CA: commitment appropriations - PA: payments appropriations):
|Heading||Billion €||% of total budget||% change from 2011|
|1. Sustainable Growth||67.5||55.3||45.9||+4.7||+3.2|
|1a. Competitiveness for growth and employment||14.7||11.5||10.0||+9.1||-0.2|
|1b. Cohesion for growth and employment||52.7||43.8||35.8||+3.5||+4.1|
|2. Preservation and management of natural resources||60.0||57.0||40.8||+2.2||+1.9|
|of which Direct aids & market related expenditure||44.0||43.9||29.9||+2.6||+2.5|
|of which Rural development, environment & fisheries||15.9||13.1||10.8||-1.3||-0.1|
|3. Citizenship, freedom, security and justice||2.1||1.5||1.4||(*) +10.9||(*) -1.3|
|3a. Freedom, security and justice||1.4||0.8||0.9||+15.9||-2.5|
|3b. Citizenship||0.7||0.6||0.5||(*) +2.1||(*) 0.4|
|4. EU as a global player||9.4||6.9||6.4||+7.4||-4.0|
|of which for the Commission||3.3||3.3||2.3||+0.2||+0.2|
|In % of EU-27 GNI||1.12||0.98|