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MFF: a good starting point for discussion

Brüssel
, 02.05.2018 - 15:18
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"The money that is being used in the EU budget is money well-invested. It is about investing in the future, about showing solidarity, about shaping a good future for young Europeans. The Commission's proposal of a measured but ambitious budget is a good starting point for the discussions", said Manfred Weber MEP, the EPP Group Chairman, during today's debate in plenary on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s long-term budget.

"For us it is clear that new tasks require new resources. The EU makes a difference in so many aspects of peoples’ lives. We have more and more tasks ahead of us, for example on defence, strengthening Frontex, and building a brighter future for young Europeans. The fact that the European Commission has integrated our proposal of free Interrail tickets for 18 year-olds in its budget planning is a sign that it is taking young people seriously", said Weber.

“We welcome the Commission’s proposal of doubling the funds of the Erasmus+ Programme and the significant increases for the research programmes, climate action or the new investment in security and defence. Nevertheless, we need to discuss the Commission’s proposed 4% cut in direct payments, 5% cut in agriculture and 7% cut in cohesion. Ask the Member States if they agree to cutting agriculture and cohesion funds”, stated José Manuel Fernandes MEP, the EPP Group Spokesman in the Budgets Committee.

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Manfred WEBER
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845890 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849890
E-post: manfred.weber@europarl.europa.eu
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José Manuel FERNANDES
BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845165 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849165
E-post: josemanuel.fernandes@europarl.europa.eu

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