Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget) (recorded 11/11/2013): Extracts from the press conference by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Commission

Type: Press conference   Reference: i-083374   Duration: 00:03:29  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
End production: 12/11/2013   First transmission: 12/11/2013
The ECOFIN council has reached an agreement on the EU budget for 2014. The deal sees an overall level of commitments of EUR 142.6 bln and of payments of EUR 135.5 bln. It also includes an agreement on various pending amending budgets for 2013 (draft amending budgets 8 and 9, respectively EUR 3.9 bln to pay claims in Cohesion Policy and EUR 400 mln to compensate regions affected by violent floods last spring. The institutions reached a political agreement today. Both the European Parliament and Council must still adopt it formally.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:10
00:00:15 SOUNDBITE by Algimantas Rimkūnas, Lithuanian Vice‑Minister of Finance and President in office of the Council (In ENGLISH) saying that: It is my great pleasure to announce that the agreement has been reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the EU budget for 2014 and also on the remaining issue of 2013 namely providing solidarity fund payments for the member states which suffered from national disasters. 00:00:27
00:00:42 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:00:46 SOUNDBITE by Algimantas Rimkūnas (In ENGLISH) saying that: The budget for 2014 is the first budget of the multiannual financial framework and the Council, the Parliament and the Commission have worked in a very constructive atmosphere. We reinforced the priority areas such as growth, employment and innovation. We also agreed to reinforce financing on migration, border protection and humanitarian aid. 00:00:38
00:01:24 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:01:27 SOUNDBITE by Algimantas Rimkūnas (In ENGLISH) saying that: Unfortunately we were not able to reach unanimous agreement on 2014 budget by very tiny margin and we had to vote and the final decision was made on the basis of qualified majority so we were not join that actually vote. 00:00:31
00:01:58 General view of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:02 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget (In ENGLISH) saying that: It happens every 7 years but we have exceptional context of annual conciliation with the multiannual framework in the background. This year, this was even more complex not only due to the post crisis or crisis environment in Europe but we have actually 3 dimensions in the negotiations: outstanding needs, most pressing needs for 2013 it is done. 00:00:35
00:02:37 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:02:42 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski (In ENGLISH) saying that: Second dimension, most important: it is 2014 budget which is a decent budget with reinforcement in both commitments and for the first time since 3 years, also for payments and that is a good prognostic for the next week plenary session of European Parliament because next week we could have also multiannual framework 2014-2020 done. 00:00:37
00:03:19 General view of handshake between Algimantas Rimkūnas and Janusz Lewandowski 00:00:10
00:03:29 End 00:00:00
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