Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on the presentation of the 2010 Preliminary Draft Budget

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-061397   Duration: 10:46:16  Lieu:
End production: 29/04/2009
On 29 April Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud and Financial Programming and Budget (pro term), held a press conference in Brussels on the EU budget 2010. The key focus of 2010 spending will be the shaping of Europe's recovery and stimulating growth, Siim Kallas told journalists. The European Commission adopted a €139bn preliminary draft budget for 2010. Economic recovery was at the heart of following year’s spending and the proposal channeled the biggest share of funds (45%) into growth and employment measures – a 3.2% rise on 2009 – to help restore competitiveness across the European Union.

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10:43:07 Title 00:00:05
10:43:12 General view of the speakers 00:00:06
10:43:19 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud and Financial Programming and Budget (pro term) (in ENGLISH): Given the economic turmoil that surrounds us, we are very lucky to be preparing this draft budget within the guidelines of the multi-annual financial framework since it guarantees a stable budget, even in these difficult times. The key focus of this year's spending will be shaping Europe's recovery and stimulating growth. The EU's major programmes have a key role to play in restoring competitiveness. Also it is very important the continued phasing in of cohesion, structural and agriculture funds for 2012, which will also happen next year. 00:00:45
10:44:04 Cutaway: members of the audience 00:00:07
10:44:12 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): The numbers, commitment appropriations and payment appropriations in absolute term increase. Excluding the recovery fund, it is 3.3% which is in line with the financial framework. It is a sustainable budget staying within the ceilings and leaving adequate margin. There is no surprise and there cannot be big surprise. Key aspect will be spending on the right things, right place and right time. In 2010, we will also be securing funds for EU's recovery plan. The 5 billion Euros agreed by the EU leaders last month will be a major stimulus to kick-start energy projects, faster internet and help deal with challenges facing the Common Agricultural Policy. It must be also clearly said that 2.6 billion have already been agreed and integrated in the 2009 budget. We will come back to the remaining 2.3 billion planned for next year during the budget negotiations in November. 00:01:22
10:45:34 Cutaway: a member of the audience 00:00:07
10:45:41 SOUNDBITE by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) on the Commission's staff: After having recruited people from the new Member States, meaning all together approximately 4.500, it has been a huge exercise which has increased administrative expenditure. This will be frozen. Now we have to work with the existing resources and we must find solutions how to ensure the best use of our people. 00:00:34
10:46:16 Cutaway: a member of the audience 00:00:06
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