Cancellation of negotiations on 2012/2013 Budget: Sstatement by Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR)
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 13/11/2012 First transmission: 13/11/2012
EP negotiators will not attend the meeting with Council on the budget 2013 scheduled for tonight, because there is no agreement among the member states about a supplementary budget for the current year. These funds are needed for the European Union to respect its legal obligations, i.e. to pay for bills incurred for goods, works and services delivered.
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||Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), in FRENCH:
The European Parliament is ready to negotiate the budget that Europe needs for 2013 but we want to deal first with the backlog of 2012. Because the 2012 budget was too low, we still need now 9 billion Euros to pay the bills. Since October, important European programmes such as Erasmus, the ESF, etc.. don't have any money so the EP says we are of course ready to discuss about the 2013 programmes but once we have agreed to pay the 2012 bills and unfortunately a lot of Member States agree but others refuse. The consequence is that these programmes are in need of money today and that a certain number of countries which need Europe's help, such as Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal or Ireland will not have anough credit for the end of 2012. We hope to be able to continue negotiations to be able to reach an agreement before the end of December.
||Juridically, the European Commission will need to come up with a new budget proposal, as there hasn't been agreement between the Council and the Parliament on the initial propposal so the EC needs to do a second proposal taking into account new evaluations and the new bills that will continue to come in November and December and which will need to be paid. So those Member Sates which hoped that by delaying they would need to pay less, will now need to pay more, and I am sorry for this.