EU budget for 2017

On 28 November, the Council gave its final go-ahead to the 2017 EU budget by approving the deal reached with the European Parliament on 17 November. The EU budget for 2017 was adopted on 1 December 2016, when the European Parliament confirmed the agreement.

The EU budget for 2017 sets the total level of commitments at €157.86 billion and of payments at € 134.49 billion

€157.86billion for commitments
€134.49billion for payments 


The 2017 EU budget leaves a leeway of €1.1 billion to react to unforeseen needs. Payments are set 1.6% lower than the 2016 EU budget after being aligned to real needs. 

Tackling the migration and refugee crisis

Almost €6 billion in commitments and hence around 11.3% more than in 2016 will be available to address the migration pressure and make the life of European citizens more secure. The money will be used to:

  • help member states to resettle refugees
  • create reception centres
  • integrate persons who have the right to stay and return those who don't
  • enhance border protection
  • stepping up crime prevention and counter terrorism activities
  • protecting critical infrastructure

Research and growth

€21.3 billion in commitments are mobilised to boost economic growth and create new jobs - this is an increase of around 12% compared to 2016. This part of the budget covers instruments such as Erasmus + which increases by 19% to €2.1 billion and the European fund for strategic investments which rises by 25% to €2.7 billion.

More money for young people

Besides the significant increase for Erasmus +, the 2017 EU budget also delivers on a number of other measures that benefit young people in particular. This includes the youth employment initiative for which an additional €500.00 million is available to help young people find a job. The 2017 EU budget also allows the Commission to start an initiative to help young people to travel and discover other European countries.


The 2017 EU budget also includes the €500.00 million aid package announced in July to support milk and other livestock farmers. 


A summary of the EU budget for 2017:

  Appropriations by headingbillion €

1. Smart and inclusive growth:

a) Competitiveness for growth and jobs

b) Economic, social and territorial cohesion







2. Sustainable growth58.58454.914
3. Security and citizenship4.2843.787
4. Global Europe10.1629.483
5. Administrative expenditure (for all EU institutions)9.3959.395
Special instruments:534390
Total appropriations           157.858134.490