EP vote on cohesion policy reform
Lieu: EP, Brussels
End production: 07/11/2013 First transmission: 07/11/2013
EP Committee on Regional Development voted on cohesion policy reform in the EP today.
The Commission can ask a member state to adjust its investment priorities to support the Council's recommendations or to maximise the impact of funds on the economic growth of countries receiving EU financial assistance. If the country does not take this into account, the Commission can propose the suspension of payments. Such a decision must be approved by the Council with a qualified majority.
The other scenario comes into play if a member state does not fulfil its obligations on economic governance - for example, if it does not take sufficient measures in case of an excessive deficit, or macroeconomic imbalance. Therefore, the Commission does not have a choice: it must propose the suspension of funds. However, unlike the first case, this suspension concerns either commitments or payments.
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||Exterior view of the meeting room
||Atmosphere ahead of the meeting (4 shots)
||Chair HUBNER announcing the vote on Jan OLBRYCHT report
||View during the vote (3 shots)
||Final vote on legislative proposal: Legislative resolution as amended, 39 total voters, 39 in favour (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Lambert VAN NISTELROOIJ (PPE): "My approach might be to have a vote today and to, not only to get to the preview on the first reading, but also to de-block the MFF related aspects this morning after this vote."
||Chair HUBNER opening the vote on European Funds and repealing Regulation (EC)
||View during the e-vote (2 shots)
||Vote results, 41 total voters, 27 in favour, 4 against, 10 abstentions, adopted
||SOUNDBITE (English) Constanze Angela KREHL (S&D): "Now I think we vote on a compromise which is really in a situation which could be supported by every political group and I hope that we will find the majority for this compromise as well in the plenary. But in this moment after the last trialogue in Strasbourg with eight and half hours negotiating I only wanted to say thank you to everybody."