State of play budgets negotiations 2012/2013: - extracts from the press conference by Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee

Type: News   Reference: 87921   Duration: 00:03:50  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 14/11/2012   First transmission: 14/11/2012
On Tuesday 13 November talks between the Council and the EP over the budget for 2013 broke down, because a number of member states refused to first find a credible solution to the financing gaps in this year's budget. Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee, explained in a press conference the state of play of negotiations.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "As far as the budget is concerned, nothing can be done in the EU without the agreement of the EP. That is the clear conclusion that one can draw from the fact that yesterday's meeting failed. That failure happened 8 days before a European council meeting which will be discussing just one item: the 2014-2020 budget for the EU. That's coincidence, and this outcome is certainly not what the Parliament would have wished for". 00:00:40
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "We are now faced with an unprecedented situation". 00:00:04
00:00:54 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "There is still 9 billion euro to be paid in 2012". 00:00:08
00:01:02 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "Broadly speaking we are talking about 9 billion euro, of which 8.3 billion euro are structural funds and cohesion funds that correspond to payments that have already been made in member states by national administrations or regional and local organisations depending on the state. And these payments have already been by the member states! So you can't point the finger to those horrible people in Brussels, this is money that we owe to member states and that member states want to claim back". 00:00:36
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "It is not credible on our part to say 'yes, we can now start negotiating on the 2013 budget' when we are in a position where we haven't actually paid the bills for the 2012 budget! We are talking about few hundred million for European programmes that nobody question, and that even net contributors are willing to pay for because they are the main beneficiaries, and then 8.3 billion of bills that member states are sending us for expenditure that they have already incurred. I've got the breakdown just to give you a few figures, and for example, Spain should receive 1 billion and 474 million". 00:00:55
00:02:33 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "Mario Monti's Italy, is still owed 1 billion 887 million euro. This is not the future, this is money that they have already spent! Poland, 1.5 billion. 500 million for Greece; on the very same day that the ECOFIN is taking a decision on the Greek bailout, the same ECOFIN, maybe not the same people around the table, but more or less... they say: 'oh, the Greeks have already paid 500 million euro, and we owe that to them and we should be reimbursing them for that, oh, well, never mind, maybe we'll give it to them next year, we'll see...". 00:00:54
00:03:27 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the EP Budgets Committee: "We will continue pursuing informal contacts in the meantime to try to find a way out. A solution which is politically accepted to all parties and which also respects the legal, political and financial commitments that all three EU institutions entered into last year, by duty of the Treaties". 00:00:23
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