In an interview with the Editor of New Europe, Alexandros Koronakis,  outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, made reference to the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, the seven-year agreement that regulates the European Union’s budget.

MFF 2021-2027 is still undecided as elections approach. President Jean-Claude Juncker wanted the agreement over with before the elections. “This was not possible because the Council decided to do this [the agreement] after the European elections,” Juncker said.

Juncker says the upcoming European elections became an unnecessary distraction that prevented any agreement that could have satisfied the Multiannual Financial Framework. “Elections are not a crisis moment in democracy. If you are approaching elections, you have to show you are able to govern without having your gaze fixed on the elections,” Juncker said, clearly disappointed.