Extracts from the press conference by Janusz Lewandowski on the Budget 2013 proposal
On 25 April 2012, Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Budget and Financial Programming, gave a press conference on the Budget 2013 proposal.
The EU's draft budget for 2013 reflects the European Council's statements that growth and employment in the EU can only be achieved by combining fiscal consolidation and investment into future growth.
The EU budget usefully complements national efforts in this regard by concentrating investment on the priority areas defined in the EU's growth strategy Europe 2020, while at the same time taking into account the difficult economic context and pressure on national budgets. The draft budget 2013 freezes future expenditure: the increase of commitments (i.e. tomorrow's payments) is at the level of inflation (2%). It also freezes the Commission's administrative budget at well below inflation level, while cutting its staff by 1%, the first step towards the goal of a 5% reduction of staff in 5 years.
At the same time, it proposes a 6.8% increase in the level of payments. This contributes directly to growth and jobs in Europe. The EU budget must meet its contractual obligations of current and previous years vis-à-vis the Member States and other recipients. SHOTLIST