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Ní Riada reiterates calls for revision of Multi Annual financial Framework.

15 September, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Addressing Budget & Human Resources Commissioner Georgieva in Brussels today during a presentation and exchange of views on performance based budgeting, Ms Ní Riada said,

"This is not an accountability exercise, this is about management of tax payers' money and it's about public resources that need to be spent on the people.  It's also about the management of scarcity.

"The EU budget is already diminished and we need to focus our objectives and priorities on decent employment, education and tacking inequality and poverty.  It cannot just be about the economic impact; we need to put the social impact of how the EU Budget is spent front and centre of any proposals.  

Co-ordinator of the EU budget committee, Ní Riada stated,  

"The banks are profiting long enough, the concentration has to be on increasing humanitarian aid,  on supporting SME's, on dealing with the milk crisis and increasing budget lines to those who have consistently borne the brunt of EU cuts; I refer to the fishing industry in particular.

"I have consistently called for a revision and not a review of the Multi Annual financial Framework. If anything, the ongoing refugee crisis calls for a completely new budget and a new approach to the MFF where we invest in public and social economy – a fair recovery for all of the people and not just the few.

"By delaying the revision, we are intensifying the restriction on economic growth and social development. If we fail to deal with this issue now, we are failing our citizens." ENDS

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