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Anderson condemn Irish Presidency misleading of media on EU Budget

20 June, 2013 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has accused an Taoiseacht Enda Kenny and the Irish EU Presidency of duplicity after misleading reports of a supposed deal on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 (MFF) negotiations appeared in the media.

Martina Anderson said:

"The European Parliament (EP) publicly stated that there was no deal on the MFF. Yet an Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore allowed misleading information to be fed to the media. Although this type of media manipulation may be unfamiliar to other Europeans it is something that we in Ireland have come to expect from this Fine Gael/ Labour regime.

“It is blatantly obvious the EU Heads of States cannot agree a package of measures to provide the necessary funding required to deliver growth, jobs and in particular aid to the most deprived including programmes to fight youth unemployment across Europe."

“Although the information released to the media yesterday was merely a proposal by the Irish Presidency to be submitted to the European Council next week, Eamon Gilmore did not clarify this and allowed it be reported as if agreement had been reached or was imminent.

“Even if it is approved next week at the European Council, it is the European Parliament that decides if there is sufficient basis to continue negotiations, therefore it will have to come back to the European Parliament for deliberation. As it stand presently ratification at EP level is unlikely as none of the European Parliament demands has been fulfilled.

"No agreement was reached. The negotiation team stopped all negotiations. It's a scandal how the Irish presidency and the European Commission have intentionally misled the public. I fully respect the decision of the head of the EP negotiating team to step back."

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