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2014-2020 budget freeze not possible unless agreed policies are slashed

The European Parliament has issued a challenge to the Member States who want to freeze the EU's next long-term budget covering the period 2014-2020. These countries should spell out which priorities they would drop as a consequence of the freeze, say MEPs. If all the objectives and policies agreed for the EU are to be completed, a minimum increase of 5% is needed compared to the 2013 budget, says Parliament.

 

"We have to put an end to this bad habit of entering into a political commitment without having enough funding to back this... Reducing the EU budget is not a viable option for those of us who believe in a competitive Europe" said Salvador Garriga Polledo (EPP, ES), the MEP responsible for the report on the seven-year budget, known as the multiannual financial framework (MFF) or financial perspective.

 

www.europarl.europa.eu/en/headlines/content/20110526FCS20...

 

Rapporteur Salvador Garriga Polledo during the debate on a new Multiannual Financial Framework

 

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Taken on June 8, 2011