On Wednesday 20th of October, the Parliament voted to support recovery from the pandemic, boost investments, tackle unemployment, and lay the foundations for a more resilient and sustainable Union. The MEPs increased funding for many programmes and policies, on the 2022 EU budget, which they see as contributing to the post-pandemic recovery: these include the Horizon Europe research programme (+€305 million above the Commission’s draft budget), the Connecting Europe Facility, which funds the construction of high-quality and sustainable trans-European transport, energy, and digital networks (+€207 million), and the environment and climate action LIFE programme (+€171 million).
Moreover, the Parliament declared that the support for young people remains a key priority: Erasmus+ has been increased by €137 million, and €700 million was added to the draft budget to support the implementation of the European Child Guarantee. EU4Health has also been boosted, with an additional €80 million to build up a strong European Health Union and to make national health systems more resilient.
On the Humanitarian aid, migration, external assistance sectors: MEPs increased funding for humanitarian aid by 20% and boosted the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund, especially in light of the situation in Afghanistan.
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