Preparations for the European Council meeting (7-8 February 2013):
- MEPs debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 06/02/2013 First transmission: 06/02/2013
The Council Irish presidency and the Commission addressed the EP ahead of decisive summit
On top of the Council's agenda are the discussions on the EU's multiannual framework (MFF) for 2014-2020
as Member states will try to reach a unanimous agreement.
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, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE ( French) Joseph DAUL (PPE , FR)
It is clear that we will never accept an austerity budget for 7 years. otherwise will have to accept the indeed that the crisis will go on at infinite I don't think that the member states are pessimistic at this point .
||SOUNDBITE ( French) Joseph DAUL (PPE , FR)
"890 Billons of payments, that doesn't' means 960 milliards engagements. 890 really guaranteed by the heads of states and governments We should not say that is about 960 billions. Plus the 16 billions we didn't yet find to equilibrate the 2012n that mean 86 billons of deficit within 7 years. Were are we? if that will be the single point coming out of the Summit, will beans a non negotiable rebate , and we will not accept".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Hannes SWOBODA (S&D , AT)
We have a vision of solidarity, of a Europe of solidarity. Not everybody in Britain shares the vision of Cameroun. I wan in Nottingham where young people. I've meet the young people that have been unemployed. I meet a 17 young lee, he was already in prison. How did he get a job? by European money., with European support. and he was not the only one. there are many others as well. The mayor of Dover recently said: we could get out of the crises only with European money. And the British academy is sending letter to us: please fight for budget, for research and innovation, because we need that also in Britain. And I was recently in Italy visiting the people in the area of the earthquake; they said Thank you Europe for helping us. But they KNOW THE news also the shame for the way on when the finance ministers want to block the money going to them.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE , BE)
"What is happen is that this decision of the European Council will not be a formal decision. its only a political decision. Than starts a discussion in the general affaires Council. We shall only be confronted here in this Parliament, to say Yes or No, not next week, but with in 3 months, and in with in the 3 month, the Presidency and the member states will try to buy a number of delegations, here in the Parliament to find a majority for that budget. Exactly the same happened 7 years ago. So we have to be very clear between us: if we say today that our conditions are : a mid- term review; flexibility; real own resources; no cuts in the spending for the future; and no real deficit as we are creating now with this MFF; we have to stand to that; also in 1 month, in 2 months, and in 3 months when we shall, formally say Yes or No on this MFF for the next years".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Mitchell Gay , (EPP, IE)
"Our humanitarian budget makes up something like 0.62% of the budget. Yet for proposing to cut up that money is petty cash, it is petty cash so far as we are concerned. It is live giving as far of these children I'm speaking of are concerned. I Heavens name do we have to cut further the development budget. When our GNI (?) goes down, fine, our contributions goes down, but we shouldn't put down the payments even further than that. I make a special plea. Not for me, not for my constituency, not for votes, but for the people who are dying each day. Please, fight for this budget for the developing world. Thank you ".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin CALLANAN (ECR , UK)
"We are continuing to found policies that may and make sense in the XX century, as well as trying to spend money on the problems of the XXI century.
if instead we focus on the problems of today and tomorrow, we can freeze the budget and still see significantly better results for our tax payers".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR)
"What we see here is that 28 peoples behind closed doors are agreeing on, this budget . This is the most kept secret than the State department one, as there was no WikiLeaks publication. There is no national parliament, nor the European parliament that have been informed of the content of the figures, and the files that will been the abele. So no one will be able to have a preliminary discussion, no parties were able to give any preliminary comment . What is to be concluded si that the Council will not end the debate , on the contrary, will allow the debate to begin. So will have the democratic phase of the budget opening up after that, and the final decision , the only democratically acceptable one, will e the one that will be voted by the EP".
||SOUNDBITE (Gerrman) Martin SCHULZ, EP President
"I'm not going to sign any budget not covering the 16 billion deficits. I just wont do it! How often I have to repeat it? I think that there is a illegal decision. ! articles 3.10 and 3.23 of EU treaty, commits us to balancing the budget. I can not accept a deficit budget."
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