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Delay in EU Budget could impact on much needed investment – Anderson MEP

20 November, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Martina Anderson MEP has voiced concerns about the detrimental impact that any delay in agreeing the EU budget could have on much needed investment and any future Peace Funding and cross-border programmes.

Martina Anderson said:

“I have many concerns at the delay in agreeing the 2014-2020 EU Budget, not least because of the impact any delay would have in agreeing adequate Cohesion Policy Funding and in particular the effect this would have on future cross-border INTERREG programmes.

“It would also have a negative impact on and possible reductions in CAP and Horizon 2020 R&D funding.

“But of serious concern is the discussion taking place in some quarters around any future Peace programme funding. There are suggestions that any Peace IV funding would be deducted from the financial package received by the Irish and British governments to fund various existing EU programmes.

“While such an approach would be welcomed by the British government in its determination to have the EU budget reduced, the Irish government and OFMdFM are adamant that Peace programmes should be wholly funded directly from Europe as stand-alone projects.

“The disarray in the budget negotiations is a reflection of the attitude of many MEP’s who vote in favour of particular programmes but then fail to agree the funds required to implement them.

“While the EU Commissions table proposals for €9billion to cover unpaid bills the European Social Fund apparently is only weeks away from a cash flow crisis.

“There is an EU summit this week at which a €1Trillion Euro needs agreed for the next 7 years budget framework. The British and some other right wing governments are demanding a freeze or reduction in EU spending and are threatening to veto the budget. If successful it will mean more austerity and suffering for millions of poor and low waged across Europe.

“If there is no agreement the EU spending will have to be approved on a month by month basis with a 2% inflationary consequence to British and other right wing opposition towards much needed EU spending.

“Of course if Europe is seriously interested in saving money the two obvious opportunities for savings would be addressing the scandalous waste of money spent moving the European Parliament between Brussels and Strasbourg every month.  Or by cutting the outrageous salaries paid to higher-level bureaucrats!

“There are also savings to be made in terms of the increased militarisation of the EU (Common Security and Defence Policy), spending on nuclear power and EU propaganda being pumped out under the guise of information

“Rather than reducing the budget by attacking social spending and investment in much needed infrastructural and job creation programmes they should be examining the bloated budgets allocated in these wasteful programmes.” CRÍOCH

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