The discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework is one of the topics, which currently concerns Brussels the most. In May 2018 the Commission had presented its budgetary proposal for period 2021 to 2027, which is supposed to have an overall volume of Euro 1,279 billion. This equals 1.11 % of the Gross National Income. However, Parliament regards this percentage as too low: they insist on their demand of a budget of 1.3 %. Even if budget issues are first and foremost within the competence of the Council, Parliament nevertheless has a potential influence, which it intends to use. This is what one may conclude from the debate by Parliament’s Committee on Budgets.