MFF 2014-2020 / Own resources: - state of play by Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), Chair of the Budgets Committee

Type: News   Reference: 91670   Duration: 00:02:58  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 28/02/2013   First transmission: 28/02/2013
MEPs of the BUDG-Committee discussed today the conclusions settled on the Multiannual Financial Framework the last 8th of February in the European Council.. This rapport, which would be voted in Plenary Session on March 2013, comes after the decision in the Council to reduce the European budget. This is the first time that a reduction like that is seen in the history of the European Union and the EU Parliament thinks that this austerity measure cannot contribute to EU growth and make the Member States go out of the recession created by the international financial deregulation. President Martin Schulz has already showed several times his disagreement with this decision of the Council.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of te EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 General view of the meeting room (4 shots) 00:00:14
00:00:24 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), "The European Council is taking decisions on areas and policies, which are 100 % in the area of the co decisions". 00:00:17
00:00:41 "There is a political clash between the Council and the Parliament. Politically, the level of the budget has always been a problem. But this time is particularly serious because for the first time the Council is trying to cut the budget. Before we have had disputes over the rates of increase, but now the Council starting point is a cut. This is a typical political clash between institutions". 00:00:34
00:01:15 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), "There was a 'coup d'état' in the last European Council. The Council it's given himself super budgetary and legislative powers. On the budgetary matters, certainly, its having the capacity to set up - under the reserve of EP's approval - the budgetary ceiling. But when ceiling are dropped to such a law level, the real budget will basically be cut drastically, year after year. That's means that year after year the annual budget will be up to the ceiling, or we can eventually increased only if we modify the ceiling. That means the room of man-oeuvre in the EP annual budget is basically reduced to zero". 00:00:44
00:01:59 SOUNDBITE (French) Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR), "If we follow the European Council's next year the commitments ceiling will be 12 billion bellow the engagement of the 2013 real budget. So that's mean the payment credits will be 10 billion bellow. Great news for the European elections 2014, the budget can be dropped by 10 billion. That's how the Council is implementing the growth pact announced in fanfare a few months ago. They were supposed to increase the budget with 120 billions to support the activity and growth in Europe... 00:00:47
00:02:46 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:12
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