On 1 March 2017, the European Commission published its White paper on the future of Europe as the starting point for a wide-ranging debate on tomorrow’s Europe. A key milestone will be the presentation of the Commission’s proposal for the multi-financial framework in May 2018.


5 scenarios for the future EU budget are discussed in the Reflection paper on the future of EU finances. Options range from reducing spending for existing policies to increasing revenues:

  • Will the EU simply carry on?
  • Do less together?
  • Move ahead at different levels of intensity
  • Do less but more efficiently
  • Do much more together?



Citizens’  are welcome to express their views on the multi-financial framework through a range of different consultation activities including open public consultation.