2013 budgetary procedure, work of the Conciliation Committee: extracts from the debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 21/11/2012 First transmission: 21/11/2012
Parliament, the Cyprus Presidency and the Commission debated how to break the deadlock on the EU budgets for 2012 and 2013. Because the Council and Parliament could not reach a conciliation agreement, the Commission must present a new draft budget for 2013. Meanwhile, a number of 2012 programmes are paralysed by funding shortfalls and the Commission can no longer pay any bills.
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||SOUNDBITE (German), Martin SCHULZ (S&D, DE), President of European Parliament: "We cannot make, this time, concessions on the budget. Nine billions have to be paid and therefore the Parliament can't say alright we just pay 2, 3 or 4 billions. This is what the member states were asking for up until last tuesday. So the parliament was unable to find an agreement with the Council and the member states, because what the member states were asking for was for us to approve a deficit budget. The parliament is not willing to negotiate in this way. This is not a serious way to negotiate. Member states may well do these sort of things at home, domestically, but you cannot do this at european level".
||SOUNDBITE (Italian), Giovanni LA VIA (PPE, IT), rapporteur: "Of course we are aware of the difficulties in which member states find themselves and we will take those into account during the negotiations. But it doesn't mean that this parliament is willing to sacrifice growth in the European Union on the altar of austerity without any exceptions as some member states governments are insisting".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish), Eider GARDIAZÁBAL RUBIAL (S&D, ES): "Mister Mavroyiannis, 500 workers from my country are not receiving the amounts from the globalization Fund. But the same thing is also happening with 512 workers from Italy, 1052 in Austria, 1000 in Finland, 1900 in Romania and 303 in Denmark. But it doesn't only affect them. Students of europe are not sure as to whether they are going to receive their scholarships. And different individuals from university and elsewhere are not sure they are going to get paid overall, because the Councl haven't agreed to make a particular payment. This is not acceptable".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Andreas MAVROYIANNIS, Cyprus' Deputy Minister for EU Affairs: "The Council believes that it showed considerable openess throughout the negotiation and in particular during the last few days of the conciliation period. It was able to make some progress".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Andreas MAVROYIANNIS, Cyprus' Deputy Minister for EU Affairs: "Despite this, we were not able to find the necessary flexibility, in each of our institutions, needed to make further progress on the 2013 budget".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Connie HEDEGAARD, European Commissioner for Climate Action: " Let me just finish Mr President by sort of mentioning some of the consequences of not achieving this, because we believe that the consequences should not be underestimated. Just some few examples. Implementation of key EU programs and actions will be delayed with immediate effects on beneficiaries. That will include among others delays reimbursement for expenditures and direct aids in agriculture as between 75 and 80 % of the appropriation for direct aids as required for reimbursement in January and February next year. It would be impossible to mobilise any of the special instruments like the EU Solidarity Fund, the Globalisation and Adjustment Fund or the Emergency Aid Reserve"
||SOUNDBITE (French), Alain LAMASSOURE (PPE, FR), Chairman of the Committee on Budgets: "The 2013 budget cannot be discussed until we guaranteed the founding of payments arrears from 2012. None of the 27 ministers is disputing the amount of 9 billions euros. But, some of them, don't seem to want to pay in 2012, they don't want to pay all the payments due on the programs that have been completely implemented. Their attitude is in violation of the financial regulation. It is in violation of the 2012 budgets as we all voted for it".
||SOUNDBITE (French), Alain LAMASSOURE (PPE, FR), Chairman of the Committee on Budgets:" We cannot achieve 2012 with a 9 billions Euros debt. On the eve of he Council meeting, the refusal to pay yesterday invoices would be that nobody would believe the commitment appropriations for the next budget".