The cuts on 2014 Budget will divide deeply the EU

European Parliament, BUDG - Budgets Committee Meeting: 2014 budget Presentation. Alain Lamassoure, Chair BUDG, second from left, Janusz Lewandowski, Commissioner in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, third from left. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 26/06/2013).

European Parliament, BUDG – Budgets Committee Meeting: 2014 budget Presentation. Alain Lamassoure, Chair BUDG, second from left, Janusz Lewandowski, Commissioner in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, third from left. (European Parliament Audiovisual Services, 26/06/2013).

Janusz Lewandowki, the EU Commissioner for Budget joined yesterday the European Parliament in repelling the severe cuts on EU funding for 2014 proposed by the Council. The usually low tone Polish Commissioner appeared rather shocked when he understood that the Council proposal was infested with deep reductions in crucial items of the 2014 budget. For the first time the responsible Commissioner for the Budget right after the Council presentation in the Parliament didn’t lose one minute and briefly dismissed the proposal.

It’s now certain that the Council offer for the EU 2014 budget, as presented in the European Parliament by the Lithuanian Presidency, will surely trigger a long fight between the Parliament and the Commission on the one side and the Council on the other. The Sting noted yesterday morning that “The Parliament’s rapporteur on 2014 budget, Anne Jensen (ALDE, DK) observed that the “Council has chosen to do “business as usual” by cutting the Commission’s already very tight budget proposal. It is unacceptable that the Council should make the biggest cuts in growth policies such as research and innovation”. The Lithuanian Vice-Minister Algimantas Rimkūnas who represented the Council in the Parliament made a very negative impression not only related to the cuts.

Even the Lithuanian Presidency’s Press release issued after the Parliament plenary didn’t clarify what kind of Vice-Minister Rimkūnas is for. For one thing it was a probably intended but quite incomprehensible disparagement of the Parliament by the Presidency, sending a Vice-Minister to present the most important item that the legislators are called to discuss and approve or vote down. The discussion on the budget as proposed by the executive and its approval or disapproval has been historically ‘la raison d’être’ of the European Parliament as of any other Parliament in Europe.

An irritated Commissioner

Coming back to Lewandowski, he didn’t chew his words when speaking to the Parliament after the presentation of the Council’s proposal by the Lithuanian Vice-Minister. The EU Commissioner stressed that when the Commission presented its own Budget proposal for 2014 “we were clear in our message – this is not business as usual. Compared to the 2013 budget – including the amending budgets already proposed by sheer necessity – the Draft Budget 2014 is (as proposed by the Commission) a reduction of EUR 9.1 billion, or – 6% for commitments and €8.4 billion, or -5.8% for payments… However, following its tradition, the Council has reduced commitments by another €240 million and payments by over €1bn”.

The Polish Commissioner had more to say about the items that the Council has slashed in its proposal. He noted that those cuts are “at odds with the repeated calls from the European Council to rapidly implement the Structural Funds as well as the programmes for the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs (COSME) and for research and innovation (Horizon 2020)”.

EU divided

Then Lewandowski threw his glove before the Council by inviting the Parliament to align with the Commission in the fight for the 2014 budget. To this effect he said, “I would ask you, the Parliament, to take account of these concerns during the preparation of your reading of the 2014 budget. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Rapporteur, Mrs Jensen, for making available an indicative list of new Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions…adopted by the Parliament”.

There is no doubt that the fight over the 2014 EU budget will be tough and long. The Lithuanian Presidency will need much more than what Vice-Minister Rimkūnas had to offer during the European Parliament plenary of the last two days. The fight over the budget will presumably outdo the abilities of Vilnius because it will certainly divide deeply the Council itself. It’s highly possible that the whole affair will end up for final disentanglement at the EU Summit of the 28 leaders in December.

 

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

MWC 2016 LIVE: Verizon boasts momentum for IoT platform

Trump ‘used’ G20 to side with Putin and split climate and trade packs

Celebrating Gaston Ramon – the vet who discovered vaccinology’s secret weapon

‘Act fast and do whatever it takes’ to fight the COVID-19 crisis, say leading economists

ISIL continues to pose a ‘serious challenge’ worldwide – UN counter-terror chief

Chart of the day: These countries have seen the biggest falls in extreme poverty

These are the 5 most exciting cycling projects in the world

Ethical education as an obligatory course in medical curriculum

How the Fourth Industrial Revolution can help us beat COVID-19

EU Commission spends billions without achieving targets

These innovations could keep us cool without warming the planet

What the Women’s World Cup can teach us about capitalism

10 Downing street: Another desperate attempt to unite Britain on Brexit

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief

FROM THE FIELD: Photos highlight agony of West African civil wars

Antisemitism, intolerance, can be unlearned, Guterres tells New York commemoration

Wash your hands, but keep your mind clean

Breaking barriers between youth in the new tech era: is there an easy way through?

The West castigates Turkey’s Erdogan for the ruthless political cleansing

Covid-19 crisis shows supply chains need to embrace new technologies

How the Middle East is suffering on the front lines of climate change

These countries have the most doctoral graduates

Disillusioned young people – France thinks it has a solution

New UN Syria envoy pledges to work ‘impartially and diligently’ towards peace

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products

3 ways to use digital identity systems in global supply chains

Women’s rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

The next EU President will first have to drink his tea at Downing Street

Immigrants make good entrepreneurs. This study proves it

Here’s what COVID-19 teaches us about ‘social learning’ and the environment

Inflation and interest rates indicate urgent need for action

‘Immense’ needs of migrants making perilous journey between Yemen and Horn of Africa prompts $45 million UN migration agency appeal

7 skills every leader needs in times of disruption

5 lessons from China on how to drive sustainable growth

‘A trusted voice’ for social justice: Guterres celebrates 100 years of the International Labour Organization

Progress on gender equality is too slow, says OECD on International Women’s Day

What’s everyone talking about at Davos 2020?

Realise the beauty of unity in diversity

Commission celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities promoting European studies worldwide

EU allocates €50 million to fight Ebola and malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

More women than ever before are running for political office in the US

This new programme could hold the key to solving global health challenges

To build a circular economy, we need to put recycling in the bin

‘Regional security and integration’ in Central Africa under threat, Security Council warned

3 ways to fight stress at work

EU budget: Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

Eurozone: Sovereign debt decreases for the first time since 2007

Sustainability is now mission critical for businesses. Here’s why

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

This is how many people are forcibly displaced worldwide

This architect explains why racist statues are no longer relevant and describes how to replace them

Austria’s EU Presidency: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz aims to “build bridges”

11,000 deaths avoided during lockdown in Europe – thanks to cleaner air

EU citizens disenchanted with Economic and Monetary Union over rising poverty and high unemployment

International tourism is set to plunge by 80% this year – but some regions could recover more quickly

Friday’s Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin

Celebrities are helping the UK’s schoolchildren learn during lockdown

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s