Maroš Šefčovič urges progress on MFF ahead of June Council
V-P Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has urged Member States to move quickly on key areas of the Commission's proposed multi-annual financial framework (MFF) ahead of next month's European Council meeting.
Speaking at the General Affairs Council in Brussels on Tuesday, V-P Šefčovič told ministers from all 27 Member States that the Commission expected a decision on the MFF – the EU's next long-term budget – by the end of the year, in order for it to come into force in time at the start of 2014.
But there are still several key areas where the Commission and Council do not see eye to eye – for example on the issue of macroeconomic conditionalities, where the Commission is proposing to link the allocation of structural and cohesion funds to the implementation of sound fiscal and structural policies conducive to growth.
He also discussed the progress of Croatia towards EU membership, set for 1 July 2013, welcoming the work already carried out by Zagreb to align its national legislation with that of the EU. However, the Vice-President also stressed that there were a few key areas where the pace of adaptation needed to be speeded up in time for the deadline, adding that the Commission remained committed to Croatia’s successful accession to the EU and its smooth integration into the European family.