Vote on General budget of the European Union - 2013 financial year:
- extracts from the vote
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP
End production: 23/10/2012 First transmission: 23/10/2012
To enable the EU to pay its bills in 2013, Council cuts in the European Commission's budget proposal must be reversed, said Parliament in a vote on Tuesday. Reinstating funding for payments in 2013 would help to protect popular EU programmes, such as Erasmus Mundus and the Social Fund, against funding shortfalls like those that disrupted them this year.
To boost growth and jobs, Parliament reversed the €1.9 billion cuts proposed by the Council in July in areas that MEPs believe are vital to boost the economy, such as research, entrepreneurship and employment measures.
Programmes hit by these cuts include Erasmus Mundus, Lifelong Learning and the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development, whose funding almost ran out in 2012 and for which the Commission had to present an additional corrective budget today. But the Council's proposed cuts also threaten the newly-established European Banking, Securities and Markets, and Pensions authorities.
The resolution was passed with 492 votes in favour, 123 against, and 82 abstentions.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg.
||EP President Martin SCHULZ calls on the vote for the General EU budget 2013. Ambience shot from the vote.
||Final vote, ambience shots. Rapporteurs Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) and Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK) voting.
||Digital screen with result. The resolution was passed with 492 votes in favour, 123 against, and 82 abstentions.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Andreas MAVROYIANNIS, Cyprus Presidency of the EU, on behalf of the Council: "The European Parliament has just adopted amendments to the Council's position on the Draft Budget for 2013... Consequently, in my capacity as President of the Council, I agree that the President of the EP convenes the Conciliation Committee as required in article 314, paragraph 4 # c of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union".