The budget for the military in 2007 was 7.7 billion euros. Several political parties have suggested raising the military expenditure so that it is closer to the NATO standard for military expenditures, which is 2.0% of the GDP. For 2008 there is a budget increase of around 500 million euros, bringing the budget in 2008 to 8.2 billion euros. With the agreement to stay in Afghanistan until 2010, another 850 million euros will be added to the budget over the next years, to compete with the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan. The Budget for 2009 is now around 8.5 billion euros.