Today, the European Parliament has adopted its position for the final negotiations on the EU Budget 2018 by large majority, based on the report drafted by MEP Siegfried Mureșan (EPP), the European Parliament’s chief negotiator. In its position, the European Parliament voted for increases of budget appropriations for growth, job creation, especially for young people, as well as for security, and rejects the cuts proposed by the Council mainly on research, innovation and infrastructure.
“Our position is a realistic and pragmatic one, and we will not accept any cuts on important programmes for European citizens during the upcoming negotiations with the Council.  From the beginning of the budgetary procedure we stated that investing in research, innovation, infrastructure, SMEs and education is key to the competitiveness of the EU economy. It is time to translate these statements into concrete actions. My objective is to ensure that the EU Budget delivers in the year 2018 growth, jobs and security for our citizens. Youth unemployment still remains too high in the EU, therefore, we proposed to increase the budget of the Youth Employment Initiative to €600 million in 2018 and to grant an additional €50 million to support young farmers to reduce youth unemployment in rural areas. We also proposed an increase of €143 million for research, innovation and environmental programmes to ensure sustainable development. Moreover, we managed to put forward €12 million to finance, for the first time, the InterRail initiative which would grant one-month free Interrail tickets to 18-year-old Europeans to discover the EU”, MEP Siegfried Mureșan said.
“Security remains a top priority on our agenda because we cannot obtain sustainable growth if the EU citizens feel unsafe or insecure. This is why we proposed an increase of €80 million for several migration and security budgetary lines and agencies with migration and asylum-related tasks. For more stability in the EU’s neighbourhood we proposed an increase of €299 million for the EU’s external action, which includes the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood. We also decided to decrease by €50 million the support for political reforms in Turkey. EU funds cannot support regimes that do not commit to democratic values and breach fundamental rights”, MEP Siegfried Mureșan said.
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As of 31 October, the 21 days of conciliation talks with the Council will kick off, with the aim of reaching a deal between the two institutions in time for next year’s budget to be voted by the European Parliament at the end of November.
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For more details:
Andrei Jujan: +40 766 369 485;
Paul Stencoane: +40 769 611 020.


By |2017-10-25T12:05:00+00:00octombrie 25th, 2017|Categories: chief negotiator, EU Budget 2018, EU funds, innovation, press release, research, security, Siegfried Muresan|Comentariile sunt închise pentru Press release – European Parliament adopts its position for the final negotiations on the EU Budget 2018: Reaffirms Commitment to Finance Jobs, Growth and Security and Rejects Council Cuts
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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For more details
Paul STENCOANE: +40 769 611 020
Andrei JUJAN: +40 766 369 485


By |2017-06-29T09:46:00+00:00iunie 29th, 2017|Categories: chief negotiator, EU Budget, european funds, European Union, press release, Siegfried Muresan|Comentariile sunt închise pentru Press release – European Parliament adopts mandate for trilogue on EU Budget 2018
The European Parliament’s plenary has adopted today, by a large majority, the Report on the General Guidelines for the preparation of the 2018 EU Budget, drafted by Siegfried Mureșan (EPP), chief negotiator (general rapporteur) of the European Parliament for the 2018 EU Budget.

Siegfried Mureșan’s motto for the 2018 EU Budget is “A budget for growth, jobs and security” and calls on the Commission to put forward a Draft Budget that will enable the EU to continue generating prosperity and security for its citizens.

“The priorities that I have put forward in the Report are jobs and growth on the one side and security on the other. The EU Budget is an investment budget and we will use it to improve infrastructure, to support research and innovation, to stand by the side of SMEs and entrepreneurs, as they are the main creators of jobs and I believe that these are the areas which bring real added value to our economies. The more competitive we are, the more investments come in and that generates growth and jobs. Programmes such as Horizon 2020, COSME, Connecting Europe Facility or EFSI are crucial in delivering sustainable growth in Europe, must continue and be permanently improved. Moreover, I am firmly convinced that the continuation of the Youth Employment Initiative is a crucial component in tackling youth unemployment efficiently, as this is one of the main concerns at European level, which puts at risk an entire generation of young Europeans. Empowering youth can also be done through initiatives like the ‘18th Birthday Interrail Pass for Europe’. I have introduced this initiative into the priorities for next year’s EU Budget to grant one month free Interrail tickets to all 18-year-old Europeans to discover the EU. This project has the potential to boost European consciousness and identity and to be a concrete response to Euroscepticism”, added centre-right MEP Siegfried Mureșan.

”It is my conviction that we cannot achieve these objectives if citizens and companies don’t feel safe in Europe. That’s why security is one of my priorities and why the internal and external aspects of security must be properly dealt with, through adequate budgetary support. Internally, we should do more to secure our borders, to enhance cooperation between Member States in the field, and tostrengthen the agencies of the Union which have responsibilities in the Justice and home affairs area. Externally, we need to ensure stability in our immediate neighbourhood, both in the East and the South. In the East, we have to do more to counter an increasingly aggressive Russia. Support for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will be crucial if we want these countries to advance towards the EU and become stable and prosperous democracies. As regards the Southern Neighbourhood, we need to invest more in the countries of origin and transit of refugees and migrants. Statistics have shown that it is cheaper and more effective to help people in their country of origin or transit countries. I call on the Commission to put forward a Draft Budget that will enable the EU to continue generating prosperity and security for its citizens”, concluded Siegfried Mureșan.



By |2017-03-15T12:33:00+00:00martie 15th, 2017|Categories: EU Budget, growth, jobs, press release, security, Siegfried Muresan|Comentariile sunt închise pentru PRESS RELEASE – European Parliament Adopts Its Priorities for the 2018 EU Budget: Growth, Jobs and Security
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