For the MFF 2021–2027, Member States have decided not to increase the EU budget, despite the adverse consequences that the Great Recession had on many European territories. As a consequence, cohesion policy, in 2021–2027, will be too small a blanket to cater to the needs of the Eastern and Southern peripheries adequately.
By describing the EU as a composite polity, Fabbrini argues that it should strive to become a federal union. This path allows us to understand how one of the most fundamental elements is still severely lacking from the European construction: political equality.
This article is the first part of a focus on the financial resources destined for cohesion policy within the MFF. We are going to discuss how geographical eligibility changed in the Commission’s proposal when compared with the previous MFF (2014–2020). Moreover, we are going to focus on the resources that are going to be allocated to social Europe with the new ESF+.