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Adelina Marini
#euco At 0900 CET, in Strasbourg, will begin the preparation of the EU summit on Thursday and Friday, dedicated almost entirely on #MFF 2014-2020. For live coverage of the debate, stay with us.
21 November 2012 08:49
Adelina Marini European Parliament chief @martinschulz opened the session with the words that the #MFF negotiations are entering a decisive phase. He pointed out that the Parliament has made its decisions, but wanted to keep the work of the EU. He called on the Commission and the member states to stick to the outlined objectives.
21 November 2012 09:10
Adelina Marini On behalf of the Cypriot Presidency @cy2012eu Andreas Mavroyiannis recalled that the EP was very insistent the overall size of the #MFF to be maintained as in the initial proposal of the Commission - 1.033 trillion euros. He said, however, that this has proved impossible. "We have to be realistic", he said.
21 November 2012 09:15
Adelina Marini @BarrosoEU chose to address the MEPs in French. He is practically repeating previous positions of the Commission that the #MFF is the most appropriate tool for investments, causing again applause among the MEPs.
21 November 2012 09:19
Adelina Marini Have you ever imagined an EU without the Common Agricultural Policy #CAP? Barroso asked. When each of the 27 member states will pursue its own rules and policies, he added, defending the community policies, emphasising though that changes are necessary.
21 November 2012 09:23
Adelina Marini @BarrosoEU said that the only thing discussed in #MFF was reducing costs, but not their quality.
21 November 2012 09:28
Adelina Marini @BarrosoEU keeps on insisting that the quality of spending will be improved via the macroeconomic conditionality, which is a novelty for the cohesion policy and against which is the EP believing that the countries with bad macroecnomic indicators, instead of being stimulated with EU funds, will be actually punished by being deprived of money.
21 November 2012 09:37
Adelina Marini @EPPGroup leader Joseph Daul wondered whether he really needed to speak since he fully agreed with the statement of @BarrosoEU.
21 November 2012 09:40
Adelina Marini #MFF An attack on Britain by Daul - those who believe that the EU is only a trade zone or a single market, are fulling themselves. The EU is a community of solidarity and values, he said.
21 November 2012 09:42
Adelina Marini #MFF According to Daul, if the money from Brussels is cut the Baltic states will have better railways to Moscow rather than to Europe.
21 November 2012 09:43
Adelina Marini Some propose 50 billion less, 200 billion less. This is a disgraceful race to the bottom, @Hannes_Swoboda, leader of the socialist group in the EP.
21 November 2012 09:46
Adelina Marini @Hannes_Swoboda gave the conflict in Gaza as an example to illustrate how important it is the EU not to reduce its foreign aid. Barroso also quoted but the Syrian conflict in support of his thesis that no policy should be cut.
21 November 2012 09:51
Adelina Marini This statement of Swoboda caused a remark by an MEP with a question what in general is Mr Swoboda's opinion about the conflict in Gaza.
21 November 2012 09:52
Adelina Marini @VerhofstadtGuy started with the words that the situation from 2005 is repeating, when during the British EU Presidency (then Tony Blair was PM) a deal was reached in the very last moment.
21 November 2012 09:54
Adelina Marini #MFF If we are to make a genuine federal Europe, which we need, then 1% of GDP is too far from what is necessary, the leader of the liberals in the EP said.
21 November 2012 09:55
Adelina Marini #MFF On behalf of the group of Greens/EFA Helga Truepel said that Cameron was wrong (asking a reduction of the budget). In her words, China, Brazil and India will not wait for us to catch up.
21 November 2012 09:58
Adelina Marini The leader of the European conservatives, Martin Callanan said that the entire debate so far was a proof of all that needed to change. If the EU budget was indeed an investment tool why then 40% of it still are spent on subsidies for the farmers. he asked.
21 November 2012 10:05
Adelina Marini #MFF Callanan also asked in what way the increase of administrative spending contributed to economic growth? Or the new building of the ECB in Frankfurt.
21 November 2012 10:07
Adelina Marini #MFF Callanan defended keeping the size of the cohesion policy because, in his words, the EU enlargement was the most successful story of the EU and that the money of the EU helped the new member states, devastated by communism, to recover.
21 November 2012 10:09
Adelina Marini Nigel Farage from Europe of Freedom and Democracy retorted that a lot of the money for the new member states are spent in fact for stupid things, like for example paying a Hungarian company to create luxury conditions for dogs.
21 November 2012 10:13
Adelina Marini #Farage again used the tribune in Strasbourg to call on British PM David Cameron to come for the EU summit on Thursday asking Britain to leave the EU.
21 November 2012 10:15
Adelina Marini #MFF Czech MEP Jan Zahradil from the group of European conservatives called on the EP to lead in example in reducing spending. To start with putting an end to the travelling circus which costs 200 million euros each year (the moving from Brussels to Strasbourg every month) and to continue with closing the information offices in the capitals of the member states. "I don't know what they do", Zahradil added. Instead of leading in example, misters Daul, Verhofstadt and the rest ask for more spending, he concluded.
21 November 2012 10:34
Adelina Marini #MFF One of the European Parliament negotiators with the Council, Reimer Boge, said that the proposal of Herman Van Rompuy that is i n fact replacing the negotiating box of the Presidency, which means that the member states are going to own arrangements.
21 November 2012 10:39
Adelina Marini @IvailoKalfin, the second EP negotiator with the Council on #MFF, said that the Council has turned the negotiations into a a zero sum accounting game. Who took the decision in June this year and told the young people that they will have more opportunities for free movement in Europe? The European leaders. Who promises the developing countries that if they open their markets will be given more aid? The European leaders. Kalfin listed more decisions made by the EU leaders, saying that to implement these commitments a budget is needed.
21 November 2012 10:46
Adelina Marini #MFF Cohesion policy will take us out of the real but also psychological crisis we are in at the moment, said Andrey Kovachev from the EPP Group. He asked whether those who want the EU budget to be frozen, would dare freeze the national budgets as well.
21 November 2012 11:44
Adelina Marini Alain Lamassoure said that Herman Van Rompuy wanted to turn the negotiations on #MFF into a conclave.
21 November 2012 11:47
Adelina Marini #MFF Because of a delay, President @martinschulz ended the catch the eye procedure.
21 November 2012 11:48
Adelina Marini EU Institutional Affairs Commissioner Maros Sefcovic started with revealing the #MFF myths: only 5 member states practically cut spending. The rest are reducing budget deficits. Let this be clear, he said. Most member states in fact register increases of the national budgets.
21 November 2012 11:51
Adelina Marini Andreas Mavroyiannis called the #MFF negotiations a catharsis, through which we all need to go through together in the EU.
21 November 2012 11:59
Adelina Marini @Hannes_Swoboda asked where @euhvr Herman Van Rompuy was, who presented an #MFF proposal of his own, but did not appear in Parliament to defend it.
21 November 2012 12:11
Adelina Marini Herman Van Rompuy's proposal will not find a majority in the European Parliament, Reimer Boege said.
21 November 2012 12:14
 
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Adelina Marini
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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
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