Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets has approved the mandate for trilogue on the EU Budget 2018, based on the report drafted by MEP Siegfried Mureșan (EPP), the European Parliament’s chief negotiator. On May 30, the European Commission proposed a Draft Budget of €160.6 billion for 2018, which constitutes an increase of €2.2 billion compared to 2017.
“I believe the European Commission’s proposal for the EU Budget 2018 is a good starting point for this year’s negotiations. The proposal enables the budget to continue to generate sustainable growth and jobs in the EU, while ensuring the security of its citizens and addressing migration challenges at the same time. From the beginning of the budgetary procedure, I have emphasized that investing in research, innovation, infrastructure, SMEs, and education is key to the competitiveness of the European economy. For this reason, increased funds for the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020, Connecting Europe Facility and Erasmus+ Programme are important, as these programmes will contribute directly to achieving these priorities.
The draft budget also includes additional allocations and staff for the agencies of the European Union in the field of Justice and Home Affairs. However, I am not yet convinced that these increases are enough. The agencies must be strengthened and provided with the necessary operational expenditure and staffing levels. This will allow them to achieve the additional tasks and responsibilities they have been given in recent years and tackle the challenges we are facing.
My objective is to ensure that the EU Budget is equipped with the necessary means to address our most pressing issues. We shall not accept any cuts on important programmes for European citizens during the upcoming negotiations with the Council”, centre-right MEP Siegfried Mureșan added.
The mandate for trilogue, once voted in plenary next week, is Parliament’s first reaction to the Draft Budget for 2018 as presented by Commissioner Günther Oettinger on 30 May.
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