EP President Martin Schulz meets the Commission on draft budget 2013
The draft budget for 2013 adopted today is a budget of responsibility and solidarity.
At the press conference, held together with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, President Barroso said: "This is a budget that supports growth and jobs while recognising the pressure on national budgets. It shows responsibility because it freezes future expenditure at the level of inflation. It moves the investment to areas that can best help to create growth and jobs. Finally it also limits increase of administrative expenditure to 1.2%, well below inflation (also through cutting Commission staff levels)."
He further explained: "At the same time, the budget shows solidarity because it respects our legal obligations. Member States and private beneficiaries are now submitting their bills to us. This is normal in the last year of a programming period. And the EU has to pay these bills, there is no way around it. We owe this to our citizens to allow them to complete their EU-funded research work, their infrastructure projects, their training and education classes and to implement their business plans as envisaged. I therefore call on Member States to show responsibility in the discussion and to avoid any kind of myths or prejudices."
President Barroso highly appreciated this first and very good meeting between the College and President Schulz, stressing the special partnership between the Commission and the European Parliament. He announced that such meetings will take place on regular basis from now on.