The fight for the next seven-year budget of the European Union begins. Although the official proposal of the European Commission for the next multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 will be presented on May 2 this year, the leaders of the Мember states, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions have already come up with their views on the preliminary proposals of the European Commission, presented in the document from 14 February 2018. “A new modern financial framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020”. At this stage the discussions between the leaders are too broad but an impression is left that the mantra “doing more with less” is being repeated more often. Do those who repeat it truly believe that this is possible? Should Europe of solidarity be sacrificed in the name of Europe of defence and security – this is the question, which will more often find place on the agenda.