Liadh Ní Riada MEP critical of 2016 EU Budget
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Rida has said that the EU budget for 2016 will deliver even more austerity for the citizens.
Ní Riada, who is a co-ordinator of the EU budget committee, said that the European Union is avoiding the change of direction that is so badly needed.
Speaking from Strasbourg today, after the vote on a mandate for negotiations on the EU 2016 Budget, she said;
“The mandate for the EU 2016 budget, while showing slight improvement, is a song from the same old hymn sheet. This budget will reinforce more austerity with a neoliberal agenda.
“In the midst of the Greek and EU crisis, surely it is time for a change of direction. It is time to address the needs of the people and actually commit to decent jobs and quality employment. We must see a commitment to smart and sustainable growth.
“We need enhanced support of cohesion policies and it is crucial that we support countries which are facing social and economic constraints.
“The hangover we have inherited from 2007 - 2013 Multi Annual Financial Framework is ongoing. 2014 - 2020 EU programs will not be really initiated before mid-2016. If we are genuinely looking to resolve some of the issues, let's have that MFF revision.
“By delaying the review, we are doing a great disservice to people who are relying on EU funded programs. Delaying payments is exacerbating and stunting economic growth. We have a duty to our citizens to do the right thing. The right thing is to really invest in people. The negotiations with the council will start this July and I urge the Council to have a socially progressive European Union at the heart of the talks.”