Government must get good deal in key areas for Ireland: Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on EU Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has said the government must deliver for Ireland in key areas like CAP and a youth unemployment fund in EU budget talks.
“The government has failed to budge our EU partners on dealing with our debt legacy and now it must show a firmer hand in these budget talks. CAP payments and youth programmes must be protected but more generally if the Irish Presidency is to be about economic growth and job creation then the EU must provide a budget to match.
“The EU says it is focussed on stimulus and growing the European economy but it looks set to slash its budget for the next round of EU funding which goes into the real economy. There are plenty of areas of EU spending like militarisation and the huge salaries of bureaucrats that could be cut. That is where they should be focussing on reducing the costs to citizens.
“The budget should also ensure that adequate resources will be available over the coming years to deal with youth unemployment in an ambitious way. The measure of a successful outcome should be whether EU citizens see the benefits of an active EU in their lives not the perceived reputation of politicians and the EU elite.”