by Agnieszka Pacholczyk
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a briefing paper on the European Commission's proposal concerning the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period.
The main issue ECA has with the new budget, from which the activities of the European Union are financed, is that its numbers, taken at face value, aren't directly comparable with what was inked in the previous MFF.
As such, the Commission's statements of double-digit increases in spending here and there should be taken with a grain of salt.
At the same time, though, the proposal is praised for having inbuilt greater flexibility, allowing for a swifter response to unforeseen disturbances.