EU budget talks breakdown recipe for uncertainty: Reilly
Sinn Féin EU spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has said today’s breakdown in EU negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework is a “recipe for uncertainty.”
Senator Reiilly said;
“Farmers and groups funded by the EU including those working on peace and reconciliation will be hoping a good deal can be reached as soon as possible. This uncertainty can only hamper economic recovery within the EU. Any delay in the start of the next round of funding has to be avoided.
“Hopefully, if negotiations are to continue under an Irish Presidency the government will not be afraid to stand up for Ireland’s interests particularly as regards direct payments under CAP and measures to tackle youth unemployment. The government should make sure Ireland’s priorities are not subsumed in any wider deal.
“Sinn Féin is calling for an EU budget that is fit for purpose. There are areas like militarisation and bureaucracy that can be cut but social programmes and CAP direct payments need to be protected. The added value of EU programmes cannot be sacrificed to austerity. The EU speaks about growth and job creation so for any cut to the EU budget which affects these priorities should be fiercely resisted.”