On 10 January, the Commission held a first orientation debate on the next Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union (MFF) and launched a series of public consultations on the priorities of the EU that should be reflected in the next MFF. This follows the publication of the Commission reflection paper on the future of EU finances on 28 June 2017 and of the Commission White Paper on the future of Europe on 1 March 2017, which encouraged all citizens to join the discussion on the key decisions impacting our common future.

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In less than five months, the Commission will propose the next long-term budget for the EU after 2020. The EU needs to use its limited resources carefully. The EU budget must continue to invest for European growth, jobs and innovation while addressing the major opportunities of the decade to come – one of which is the digital revolution.

You have until 8 March to say where you think the EU has the most value added and where it should focus its investment power to maximise the impact of each euro invested. You are invited to give feedback on how the current EU policies and programmes support innovation and investments in strategic digital infrastructures, and how work could further be improved in terms of performance, simplification or opportunities for synergies between funds.

The results of this consultation will feed into the ongoing reflection on the next MFF alongside options and ideas already put on the table by Member States, local authorities and private stakeholders. The Commission will then present its proposal on the next EU budget in May 2018.

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