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Adelina Marini
The issue of #EU budget for 2014-2020 is again emerging as a major one on the European agenda with a big conference, which begins this morning in Brussels with the participation of representatives of national parliaments, the Committee of Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee and also of the European Court of Auditors. The conference will be opened by EP President Martin Schulz, Jose Manuel Barroso, the Commission chief and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish PM, who is currently presiding the Council. As with previous forums on the topic, the discussions will focus on how to increase the own resources of the budget and on the expenditure part. You can follow throughout the day the most interesting from the conference on this website.
22 March 2012 08:33
Adelina Marini Everything we wrote on the topic of the future #MFF 2014-2020 you can read in out special subject http://www.euinside.eu...for-europe-2020
22 March 2012 09:01
Adelina Marini In the very beginning of his speech, #EP President @MartinSchulz reiterated the institution's position that it would not accept less money in the European budget and stated that this was neither irresponsible nor illogical. Parliament had threatened that it would block the budget unless it is increased. Many member states insist the framework to be kept the same as for the current period 2007-2013.
22 March 2012 09:47
Adelina Marini With less money #Europe cannot meet the current challenges, especially in terms of growth and employment. Europe needs investments in regions, people, training and qualifications, the European Parliament chief Mr Schulz added.
22 March 2012 09:51
Adelina Marini Mr #Schulz reiterated another #EP position regarding the next budget - against the top-down approach, which means that firstly the total amount should be agreed and then what to be spent for. Parliament prefers the bottom-up approach - firstly the priorities have to be set out and then how much money they would need.
22 March 2012 09:56
Adelina Marini Only once in 7 years we get an opportunity to reform the #EU budget and this is why it is crucial to do it right, Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said.
22 March 2012 10:01
Adelina Marini Helle Thorning-Schmidt underlined that political courage is required to reform the #MFF in such a way that it would deliver results. A major priority is to boost growth and jobs. This is why she recommended investments in innovations and green technology because this would increase the competitiveness of the European economy on a global level. Member states have to get rid of the programmes that do not deliver, the Danish PM added.
22 March 2012 10:09
Adelina Marini #MFF Investments at EU level mean that we have to improve our health care, to green our transport, energy efficiency in Europe hides huge potential, President Barroso thinks. He focused especially on education, by underscoring that by 2020 35% of jobs would require high skills and innovative thinking, which is why education must be able to provide for these needs, the Commission president added.
22 March 2012 10:18
Adelina Marini #MFF In moments of austerity every euro counts, which is why, according to Barroso, although the measure of suspension of EU funds is not popular, when transparency is not sufficiently well guaranteed, it helps for credibility.
22 March 2012 10:25
Adelina Marini This is a brilliant multimedia map, in which you can see each EU member state how much money it gets under the EU budget and what it spends it for http://www.europarl.eu...-latest-figures
22 March 2012 10:29
Adelina Marini Today's 2nd #MFF conference (the 1st was in October) is attended by 42 members of parliament of 21 member states.
22 March 2012 10:38
Adelina Marini #MFF EU Budget Commissioner Janusz #Lewandowski, just like the EP president earlier today, also quoted Article 311 of the Treaty of the EU, in which it is explicitly stipulated that the budget shall be financed entirely by own resources. At the moment the biggest share have the national contributions. In the words of Mr Lewandowski, the revenues side of the budget was not discussed for more than 20 years, which is why the Commission proposal for FTT and VAT is almost revolutionary.
22 March 2012 10:46
Adelina Marini Commissioner #Lewandowski presented the proposals of the Commission for a financial transaction tax #FTT and reform of VAT collection. More details about the FTT you can read here - http://www.euinside.eu...-a-new-bank-tax
22 March 2012 10:55
Adelina Marini #MFF Tax collection must remain national prerogative. Revenues must be decided only by the Council because only this institution represents the positions of the national parliaments, said Eva Hansesn, a representative of the Danish parliament.
22 March 2012 11:07
Adelina Marini #MFF The Danish MP asked why, instead of talking about more money for new policies, don't we talk about how we spend the money.
22 March 2012 11:11
Adelina Marini #MFF Ana Jensen, co-rapporteur in the European Parliament did not agree entirely with the Danish MP, saying that, yes, the Council had to take the final decision on tax revenues but the Parliament should be consulted. She also said that the discussion had to focus on the quality of spending not on I want my money back. She said this after recalling the indeed bloody negotiations on the current framework in 2005, when the then rotation president Tony Blair had said after a compromise was reached "Next time we will start killing each other".
22 March 2012 11:18
Adelina Marini The discussion on #MFF in the #EP is beginning to centre around the correction mechanism, which allows for some member states to get a share of their money back as a compensation for what is though overcontribution to the budget in the past. Denmark is also defending, if not removing entirely the correction mechanism, at least to make it fairer. The most popular example of corrections is Britain with its famous rebate. The chair of the European affairs committee in the Czech Senate is also in favour of removing the correction mechanism.
22 March 2012 11:28
Adelina Marini #MFF Our vision of Europe is fragmented and too much influenced on domestic national short-term priorities, said MEP Anni Podimata, a rapporteur on the Commission proposal for FTT. She underlined, that the proposal was mainly focused on coordination of different forms and options of FTT across Europe. At the moment 9 member states apply various forms of FTT.
22 March 2012 11:43
Adelina Marini The first session of the #MFF conference has just ended. It was dedicated to the own resources of the EU budget. The 2nd session in the afternoon will focus on the expenditure side of the budget.
22 March 2012 12:44
Ralitsa Kovacheva #EP The conference on the #EU budget for 2014-2020 continues with Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Minister for European Affairs of Poland. He started directly stating that the cohesion policy was crucial for achieving greater competitiveness and economic cohesion in Europe.
22 March 2012 15:00
Ralitsa Kovacheva According to Ireland, the EU budget must be seen as an investment budget and must be used in a keynesian way. The Irish representative said the EU investment in R&D were very important.
22 March 2012 15:05
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivailo Kalfin said EU budget was 44 times lower that the national budgets. It needs to be changed in terms of efficiency. He also defended the cohesion policy and said the EU budget needed to be an instument for growth and cohesion. Mr Kalfin opposed the calls to cut the EU budget thus shifting some EU powers to nation level, where they couldn`t be realised.
22 March 2012 15:14
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP A representative of Lithuania said that the CAP and cohesion policy have never been more necessary than now. He stressed that the EU cannot move to growth without cohesion.
22 March 2012 15:30
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Hungarian EU affairs State Secretary Eniko Gyori stated that the cohesion policy was not outdated as some claimed but opposed tha cap of 2.5% on cohesion funds.
22 March 2012 15:33
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Danuta Huebner MEP (EPP, Poland) said that the EU budget would be the most effective trigger of structural reforms in the member states. If the mood of cuts wins it will be a shame, she added.
22 March 2012 15:39
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Latvia also opposed the ceiling of 2.5% on cogesion funds. Latvia has applied consolidation measures before the creation of the fiscal pact, which affected its GDP. Therefore, the current ceiling will reduce cohesion funds for Latvia by 20%. Regarding CAP, Latvia was unhappy that direct payments were not aligned to those of other countries and farmers in Latvia received less money.
22 March 2012 15:51
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Committee of the Regions` chair said that thanks to the cohesion policy in her region (in the UK) people had jobs that not only saved government`s money for social protection, but allowed them to buy German cars, Swedish furniture, Finnish mobile phones and spending holidays in Spain.
22 March 2012 16:00
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Sweden wants the EU budget to focus on growth, employment, R&D and cross-border infrastructure. It said the budget must be used more effectively and not to be increased.
22 March 2012 16:05
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP The Netherlands wants to reduce administrative costs in the EU budget. We cannot explain to our voters why MEPs should travel to Strasbourg, a Dutch representative said .
22 March 2012 16:18
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Spain stressed the importance of the CAP and highlighted the need to maintain its resources, as well as to use cohesion funds in a more efficient way. The country supports the creation of the new category of transitional regions.
22 March 2012 16:23
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP A Polish representative said that the two-speed Europe was evident from the two budgets- one was the budget of EU 27 and the other- a much bigger budget for saving the eurozone.
22 March 2012 16:41
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP So far, mainly new member states took the floor, as well as Spain and Portugal. They all rely on cohesion and agricultural policies and defended them. We did not hear the views of countries like France, Germany, the UK.
22 March 2012 16:55
Ralitsa Kovacheva #MFF #EP Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Minister for European Affairs of Poland said that net contributors were quite silent during the discussion. He asked if that means they accepted the opinions expressed and answered that we should not be so naive.
22 March 2012 17:07
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Adelina Marini
#FAC EU foreign ministers discussed a report by the EU HR for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini on her visit in #Libya, where the Union re-opened its offices in Tripoli
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Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini on #QMV: We never never in these almost 4 years had a problem with unanimity. I don't exclude in the future this to become a problem but now even on defence we decide with unanimity, even with UK still in. What I can indicate as a problem is the problem of inconsistency. On other issues, yes, indeed
16 July 2018 15:20
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup will discuss today the outcome of the European Council in the end of June and in particular the future of the euro area
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Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Mario Centeno: It's quite impressive the list of commitments Bulgaria has put forward to join both the ERMII and the banking union and it is something worth to praise
12 July 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini
The European Commission is proposing new proposals for a reforms programme for the euro area and a eurozone budget. Stay tuned for live updates
31 May 2018 11:33
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