Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Patrizio Fiorilli, Spokesman of Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, on Budget 2012

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-074740   Duration: 10:03:14  Lieu:
End production: 03/10/2012   First transmission: 03/10/2012
On 3 October 2012, Patrizio Fiorilli, Spokesman of Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, and Olivier Bailly, Head of the Unit "Growth and Jobs" and Coordinating Spokesperson, gave a press conference on the amending budget for 2012, at the European Commission in Brussels.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Patrizio Fiorilli, Spokesman of Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, to the press conference on Budget 2012 at the European Commission in Brussels 00:00:06
10:00:11 Soundbite by Patrizio Fiorilli (in FRENCH) saying that there is going to be a draft amending budget probably after 23 October 2012. He cannot confirm any figures. He has seen figures in the media but all he can say is that DG Budget and Lewandowski cabinet are looking at the figures for the moment and they won't have the definitive figures immediately. 00:00:23
10:00:35 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:03
10:00:38 Soundbite by Patrizio Fiorilli (in FRENCH) saying that this is not a surprise at all, so, nobody is caught on the hop. The 2012 budget was adopted in the end of November 2011; Commissioner Lewandowski, himself, made a statement and said that the EP and the European Council decided on a budget which is a lot lower than Commission's estimations, which were made on the basis of figures submitted by the Member States. Already in November 2011, Commissioner Lewandowski said there wouldn't be enough cash. 00:00:39
10:01:17 Cutaway of a participant typing on his keyboard 00:00:03
10:01:21 Soundbite by Patrizio Fiorilli (in FRENCH) saying that very often, the annual budget is a reimbursement of states for money they have already spent. There are some crucial funds where you cannot make purposes; some countries are suffering problems at the moment, they are very often the ones that advanced the money and they are waiting for the reimbursement of the EU; they have spent money for example for small businesses. The national state doesn't make the European budget big enough therefore there is not enough money to reimburse the same national state for the money they have paid out already. 00:00:34
10:01:55 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:03
10:01:58 Soundbite by Patrizio Fiorilli (in FRENCH) on Erasmus saying that most payments for the students have been made, particularly from January to September. Now for September to December, he thinks that 70% of payment has been made but it is an important point; if they submit an amending budget proposal, it is with a view of getting accepted. he doesn't want to run the pessimist scenario's path, the Council and the Parliament told them that, in case of lack of money, an amending budget proposal can be drawn; there is a lack of money and they are doing it and now, they need to live up to its responsibilities. 00:00:32
10:02:30 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:03
10:02:34 Soundbite by Olivier Bailly, Head of the Unit "Growth and Jobs" and Coordinating Spokesperson, (in FRENCH) saying that they want an amending budget because they want workers, researchers, and students to continue to benefit from European funds, particularly in this time of crisis. As Patrizio said, Member States with Parliament said several times that it is important to use European funds to support Member States' efforts and the efforts of researchers, students and so on to face up to the various effects of the crisis and if an amending budget proposal is not going to be supported, it means that growth won't be supported. 00:00:40
10:03:14 General view of the audience 00:00:05
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