Belgium – European Union – Meeting between Nathalie Loiseau and the Belgian federal budget minister (Paris, 22 May 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, is meeting with Sophie Wilmès, Belgian Federal Budget Minister, on May 22 to discuss the next European Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027.

The minister will reaffirm France’s support for the improvements contained in the Commission’s proposal: a clearer structure, providing a fresh response to the collective challenges facing the EU, notably in terms of migration, security and defense, as well as environmental challenges; greater support for innovation, the digital sector, research, youth mobility and the establishment of conditionality requirements with respect to the rule of law.

Nathalie Loiseau will reaffirm France’s strong opposition to the drastic reduction in the direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy, the need for a more ambitious approach with respect to the scrapping of rebates, the creation of new own resources and the modernization of the cohesion policy. In this respect, she will reaffirm that the future cohesion policy should also take into account the need to support the territories and sectors that will be particularly affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Nathalie Loiseau had already met with Sophie Wilmès on the sidelines of the ministerial conference in Sofia devoted to preparations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework on March 9.