23 Oct 2012
At the November European Council, important decisions will be taken on the Multiannual Financial Framework, which makes up the EU's budget for the next seven years. To tell us more, we're joined by the EPP Group's rapporteur, Reimer Böge. Welcome. Your report on the European Parliament's negotiating position for the next budget was adopted today in plenary. During the debate you gave a clear signal to the European Council that you were going to fight for a stable budget and you weren't going to give up the right to negotiate it. What did you mean by that? What were you expecting from the Council?
We are expecting that the Council takes on board our recommendations, our analysis of the EU budget and why based on the Lisbon Treaty we need a strong, robust European budget to support the EU 2023 for growth and jobs.
What type of budget would you like to see in 2014? What's the best use of this money for the people?
It's very important to say first that we are in a time of budget consolidation, so, better spending, efficiency is very important, tailor-made to see what are the real needs, especially to fight against youth unemployment. And we all know that with cohesion policy, with structural funds, with rural development, we are supporting the development in the European regions, and without this support many regions, many countries have not sufficient means for programmes to develop structures for the future.
Why is the budget for 20124/for 2020 being decided now? Seven years seems a long time in the context of things, so much can change. Why not three years for example?
There's a certain tradition, based on free agreements between budget authorities we develop a multiannual budget framework, not to quarrel and to fight each year against each other. The Treaty says now that the Multiannual Budget Framework, is a law of itself, needs the minimum of five years. So we are free to go over five years.
The Cypriot Presidency has suggested cut backs in the EU's budget.
There are rumours that some of the EU flagship programmes, like Erasmus, are in danger. Is this true?
I can assure you we will never allow this. Already last time, it was Parliament's position, which was succeeding to get 800 million euros and plus for Erasmus to consolidate these programmes and to have the opportunity that more students can study at universities in other countries. So this is one of our very important key priorities.
We wish you all the very best for the next steps. Reimer Böge, thank you very much for talking to EPP TV.
EPP Group fights for stable EU Budget 2014 - 2020
In this short on-the-spot interview, Rapporteur Reimer Böge highlights the EPP Group's priorities for efficient, tailor-made spending to help fight youth unemployment.
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