Financial framework 2007 - 2013

Financial framework 2007 - 2013

Adjusted for enlargement (EU-28) - current prices

Commitment appropriations 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total 2007- 2013
Total commitment appropriations 124,457 132,797 134,722 140,978 142,272 148,049 152,502 975,777
as a percentage of GNI 1,02 % 1,08 % 1,16 % 1,18 % 1,15 % 1,13 % 1,15 % 1,12 %
1. Sustainable Growth 53,979 57,653 61,696 63,555 63,974 67,614 70,644 439,115
1a. Competitiveness for Growth and Employment 8,918 10,386 13,269 14,167 12,987 14,853 15,67 90,250
1b. Cohesion for Growth and Employment 45,061 47,267 48,427 49,388 50,987 52,761 54,974 348,865
2. Preservation and Management of Natural Resources 55,143 59,193 56,333 59,955 59,888 60,810 61,289 412,611
of which: market related expenditure and direct payments 45,759 46,217 46,679 47,146 47,617 48,093 48,574 330,085
3. Citizenship, freedom, security and justice 1,273 1,362 1,518 1,693 1,889 2,105 2,407 12,247
3a. Freedom, Security and Justice 637 747 867 1,025 1,206 1,406 1,661 7,549
3b. Citizenship 636 615 651 668 683 699 746 4,698
4. EU as a global player 6,578 7,002 7,44 7,893 8,43 8,997 9,595 55,935
5. Administration 1 7,039 7,38 7,525 7,882 8,091 8,523 8,492 54,932
6. Compensations 445 207 210 0 0 0 75 937

Payment appropriations 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total 2007- 2013
Total payment appropriations 122,19 129,681 120,445 134,289 133,7 141,36 144,285 925,95
as a percentage of GNI 1,00 % 1,05 % 1,04 % 1,12 % 1,08 % 1,08 % 1,08 % 1,06 %
Margin available 0,24 % 0,19 % 0,20 % 0,11 % 0,15 % 0,15 % 0,15 % 0,17 %
Own Resources Ceiling as a percentage of GNI 1,24 % 1,24 % 1,24 % 1,23 % 1,23 % 1,23 % 1,23 % 1,23 %

1The expenditure on pensions included under the ceiling for this heading is calculated net of the staff contributions to the relevant scheme, within the limit of € 500 million at 2004 prices for the period 2007-2013.

Note – due to a change in the way GNI is calculated, the limit for own resources revenue went from 1.24% to 1.23% of the EU's GNI (see Council decision 2010/196 and the communication on the adaptation of the ceilings (COM(2010) 162 final)).

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Adjustments to the financial framework

The procedures for applying the 2007-13 financial framework are set out in the 2006 interinstitutional agreementbetween the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. This agreement includes rules on adjustments (annual or otherwise) to and revision of the financial framework.

At the beginning of every financial year, the Commission makes a technical adjustment to the financial framework for the following year. This is done for 2 reasons:

  • As the financial framework is expressed in constant prices, it must be adjusted each year to take account of inflation, so each expenditure heading retains its initial purchasing power.
  • The ceiling of payment appropriations is expressed as a percentage of GNI and so must be updated to take account of actual economic activity, since this must always be below the own resources ceiling. Margin between the ceiling for payment appropriations and own resources ceiling is also expressed in % of GNI and is updated during the technical adjustment exercise.

By adjusting, the Commission can check whether the amount of own resources available is enough to cover total payment appropriations. The technical adjustment is based on the most recent data and economic forecasts available and is always presented in Spring before the draft budget for the following year is adopted by the Commission.

Technical adjustments - Documents

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Review of the financial framework and the interinstitutional agreement

The financial framework and the interinstitutional agreement have been amended several times since they came into force. Each amendment was made to find financial resources to face unforeseen challenges.

Amendment to the interinstitutional agreement

adoption 18 December 2009 Additional payment of almost €480m to the 'food facility' to help developing countries deal with increased food prices.
This change did not lead to a change of the financial framework itself.

Amendments to the financial framework

adoption 18 December 2007

Additional €1.6bn paid out for:

  • creation of European Institute of Innovation and Technology;
  • Galileo satellite navigation programme (after talks with a private consortium failed in early 2007).
adoption 29 April 2008

Transfer of €2.034bn not committed in the 2007-08 budget to subsequent budgets for the Structural Fund, Cohesion Fund, rural development and the European Fisheries Fund.

adoption 6 May 2009

€2bn added to the budget to fund projects in 2 areas:

  • energy and broadband infrastructure (European economic recovery plan);
  • common agricultural policy (to deal with issues raised by its 'health check').
adoption 17 December 2009

€1.78bn added to the budget to fund projects in:

  • energy and broadband infrastructure (European economic recovery plan);
  • common agricultural policy (to deal with issues raised by its 'health check').
adoption 16 April 2010

Automatic adjustment to the amounts paid to countries whose GDP varied by more than 5% from the 2005 forecasts (for the 2007-09 financial framework).

adoption 7 January 2012

Additional €1.3bn for the ITER project

adoption 22 July 2013

Adjustment of the MFF to to take account of the expenditure requirements resulting from the accession of Croatia

Original agreement, adjustments, changes & reports: documents

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