71st Plenary session of the Committee of the Regions: speech by Dalia Grybauskaitė on the budget (extracts)
End production: 10/10/2007 First transmission: 10/10/2007
Dalia Grybauskaitė, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, was among the main speakers at the Committee of the Regions' plenary session, held at the Charlemagne Building on 10-11 October 2007. The meeting, chaired by President Michel Delebarre, took place against the backdrop of the "Open Days - European Week of Regions and Cities", the biggest event in the EU regional calendar. Dalia Grybauskaitė focused on the EU budget reform. The Commission has just launched a major consultation on the 2008/9 Budget Review, aimed at identifying future priority policies and how they should be financed. The Committee of the Region's input is seen as key by the Commission because of the growing financial importance of the local and regional sector.
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||Exterior view of the Charlemagne Commission building
||General view of the meeting room
||Dalia Grybauskaitė, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, (in ENGLISH) saying that 80% of the European budget is devoted only to two policies which have been agreed and created in the middle of last century: the regional or cohesion policy and the agriculture policy which in fact is a special agriculture one; each ten years it became 10 billions more expensive; the rest of the budget, which is about 15%, is devoted to research, education, external relations, competitiveness, innovation, that means whatever is left; so of course the situation is not able to tackle challenges neither globalisation pressures, neither competitiveness pressures, neither makes possible future enlargement of the EU
||Dalia Grybauskaitė (in ENGLISH) on why the budget reform is not about figures; saying that it is a policy driven exercise, it is a fresh look, a wider picture, it is a reassessment of risks and challenges which Europe is facing, as for example environment, immigration, terrorism, Lisbon agenda's failers and other challenges including financial problems that we are starting to feel
||Cutaways (4 shots)