Draft amending budget 6/2012 and 2013 budget :
- extracts from the debate
EPRef89783 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 11/12/2012 First transmission: 11/12/2012
The House debated the 2012/2013 budget package, agreed in negotiations with the Council. The package comprises a solution to the funding shortfall in 2012, the figures and priorities for 2013 and three declarations setting out how to deal with future shortfalls in the budget. On the evening of Monday 10 December the budget committee will vote on a €6 billion amending budget for 2012, the budget for 2013 (€132.8 billion in payments and €150.9 billion in commitments The final vote is on Wednesday.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EP, Starsbourg
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Francesca BALZANI, (S&D,IT) Rapporteur, "We are starting with a budget for 2013 which is more than 8.2% lower than that of this year and therefore a cut of 5 billion as compared to the initial estimate of the Commission."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Francesca BALZANI,(S&D,IT) Rapporteur," We will only manage to solve the major problem of underestimation inadequacy in the level of payments only once the EU budget will have a system of own resources."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT), Rapporteur, "We don't accept the the level of payments is satisfactory to 2013 which is fixed by the intransigence of the council 132 billion Euros which is 5 billion lower that that requested by the EC."
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Giovanni LA VIA (EPP, IT), Rapporteur, " We will continue to fight over the next year for the proper implementation of all European policies achieving an agreement which will allow us to continue important European programmes such as those devoted to research development , SME development, ERASMUS."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Derek VAUGHAN, (S&D, UK), Rapporteur," The increase in the operational costs for the European Parliament next year is only 0.6%, therefore, the EP will have a real cut in its budget for next year."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Derek VAUGHAN, (S&D, UK), Rapporteur, "All institutions apart from 2, the Ombudsman and the External Action Service will have an increase next year of 1.9 % or even lower. That does demonstrates to this House and the wider public that all the EU institutions including this House have done its very best to act in a responsible way in terms of next year budget."
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) by Loucas LOUCA, European Council," In theses difficult moment everyone wants to know that valuable programmes and actions of the EU can continue and can function without interruptions most specifically , its important programme such as ERASMUS or life long training, the framework programme for research , the development programme, the European Social Fund and many infrastructures projects in the area of cohesion can be continued"
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BY Janusz LEWANDOWSKI, European Commission, "Although this is austerity budget, this is a budget for investment and I am deeply concerned as to the level of payments and I share your concerns for the level of payments for 2013, this is by 5 billion less than in the draft budget."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Alain LAMASSOURE, (EPP,FR),' All European programmes that were frozen since October are now saved, ERASMUS is saved, research is saved, globalization adaptation funds, we are talking about 5000 workers in seven countries, they will be able to get paid ."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Alain LAMASSOURE, (EPP,FR), The EU can not have a deficit budget , and can not end a budgetary cycle with debts."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Alain LAMASSOURE, (EPP,FR), " We are keen to have on going consultations between the managing administrations for payments"
||SOUNDBITE( Spanish) by Elder GARDIAZABAL RUBIAL (S&D, SP), " It is not just a budgetary problem, I think this is a first phase of a strategy to justify cuts in the financial framework and European ambition, that is what is really at stake here, a strategy to cut CAP money, cut cohesion policy, trans European energy Networks, telecom funding, that is not the way forward. We need a strong and reliable budget to face up to the crisis."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Helga TRUPEL (ALE/ GREEN, DE)," I would say that the Greens are not satisfied with this result and that's why we will vote against this. Why is it a poor compromise? Because the line of the Parliament was that we said at the start , during the course of 2012 we would emerge with a lot of budgetary shortfalls because the money that we agreed upon in the previous year would not be enough and that exact thing came about."