Ní Riada outlines her concern regarding the Draft Budget 2015
During the plenary session in Strasbourg today there was a debate in relation to the draft general budget 2015. Liadh Ní Riada MEP for Ireland South took the opportunity to portray her concern with the fact that there will be more cuts to contend with in the year ahead. She placed particular emphasis on the proposed cuts to Horizon 20/20.
Speaking after the plenary session Ní Riada said:
"The proposals contained in this draft budget go completely against the Councils own commitment to investment in jobs and growth and undermines any real credibility to invest in people.
"In relation to Horizon 20/20, we cannot accept cuts of 41.4%. During my speech I referred to the Marie Curie actions that are in danger because of these cuts. This programme in particular is so central and important to research and it should be protected. This is also a violation of the Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020.
"In addition to this I highlighted my frustration in relation to the lack of interest shown by the Commission to fisheries. It is scandalous. The blatant negligence and the proposed cuts to this industry within this budget is nothing short of disgraceful. It´s one disastrous blow after another for them.
"We were given a mandate by the European people and the results of the last election was a very loud and clear indication that we have to move away from austerity and towards generating sustainable investment and growth. If you are to apply common sense and good business practice you would see that you have to invest to create a healthy bank balance. As it is we are penalised for the mistakes of the past which are about to be repeated with this unrealistic budget.
"The magnitude of austerity on the overall budget cuts by the Council and Commission are immense - how is this in any way dealing with the problem."